So long, snow days: NYC students to learn remotely instead of canceling class for severe weather


NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 01: People pose for photos as snow continues to fall in Times Square on February 01, 2021 in New York City. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a State of Emergency as a Nor’Easter is expected to bring blizzard-like conditions with up to 18 inches of snow into the city. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (WPIX) — Say it ain’t snow! New York City students will not get snow days in the next academic year, the Department of Education announced Tuesday.

Instead of canceling classes for severe weather events in the 2021-22 academic year, students will pivot to remote learning, according to the DOE.

The announcement was made along with several other calendar changes for the next academic year, which will start on Sept. 13.

A spokesperson for the Education Department said the agency aims to have all students return to full-time in-person learning by the start of the next academic year.

“We know nothing replaces in-person instruction, and we currently have more students learning in our schools than any other city or system. Our goal for the fall is to have all of our children safely return to full-time in-person learning on Sept. 13, and we look forward to sharing more information over the spring and summer,” the spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

The DOE is also planning to hold a remote, asynchronous instructional day for all students and a professional development day for teachers on Election Day, which falls on Nov. 2. However, the DOE noted the decision could change pending guidance from the state Education Department.

Two new “non-attendance” days were also added to the school calendar for the 2021-22 academic year.

Students will not have class on Oct. 11 in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day as well as on June 20, 2022 in observance of Juneteenth. Juneteenth lands on a Sunday next year, so schools would observe the holiday the following Monday, June 20, 2022.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.



Playground summer safety tips - Carrigan Chauvin

Thermal burn threat on playground equipment - Carrigan Chauvin

Why "Jeopardy" needs to call Carrigan Chauvin - Adam and Hannah

Man swallowed by whale shares his story - Adam and Hannah react

Biden at G7, in Brussels for NATO Summit - Jessi Turnure in Washington D.C.

Heat advisories around the country - Adam Krueger

Forecast heat index, dog walk forecast

Weather update, COVID-19 and teens

Woman gets several Amazon packages that aren't hers - Adam and Hannah

Working in the Weather - Caring for a horse in the heat - Carrigan Chauvin

Working in the Weather - Keeping horses safe - Carrigan Chauvin

Monitoring Gulf Low - Adam Krueger

Upper 90's, will feel like triple digits - Adam Krueger

Heat Wave In Cities Across the Country - Adam Krueger

Forecast Heat Index - Adam Krueger

Lifetime Fitness Cafe with Omar


Summers have been getting warmer in Houston

Grill Giveaway with Texas Star Grill Shop

Coming up... National Heat Wave, Grilling Contest - Star Harvey




More Crime

Local Headlines

More Local


Don't Miss