NYC public schools have replaced snow days with remote learning, and my inner child just died a little bit

May 8th

So New York City's public school system—the largest in the US—recently released their 2021-22 school calendar, and if I'm a kid in NYC right now I'm just livid.

Livid.

From the document:

Please note the following reminders:

  • November 2, Election Day, will be a fully remote, asynchronous instructional day for all students.
  • On "Snow days" or days when school buildings are closed due to an emergency, all students and families should plan on participating in remote learning.

NOPE.

NOT DOIN' IT.

I swear to you on Calvin and Hobbes, you will not see my pretty little face on that computer screen during a snow day. Cuz I'll be outside throwing snowballs at my friends like a normal kid.

Look, snow days have been some of the best days of my life, and I'm perfectly willing to die on this hill (it's a snow hill, for the record). Snow days are essential to childhood. You can go sledding, build a snowman, have a snowball fight, ice skate, play king of the mountain, build a fort, even shoveling the sidewalk can be fun. And these are some of the best ways to connect with other kids in your neighborhood and build meaningful relationships.

BUT NO!

NOT IF YOU GO TO PUBLIC SCHOOL IN NEW YORK CITY!

You're going to sit inside on your computer for remote learning.

By yourself.

On a snow day.

That's the dumbest thing I've heard all year.

ONLY A MONSTER WOULD TAKE SNOW DAYS AWAY FROM KIDS!


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