On Tuesday, New York Schools Chancellor David Banks announced that students would be forced to do virtual learning instead of having snow days this 2022-23 school year.
“There are technically no more snow days,” Banks told Fox 5’s “Good Day New York.”
“With the new technology that we have – that’s one of the good things that came out of COVID – if a snow day comes around, we want to make sure that our kids continue to learn.”
He said, “So, sorry, kids! No more snow days, but it’s gonna be good for you!”
The No Snow Days policy was first rolled out in 2020 when Covid-19 first hit the city, forcing the students into virtual learning, and it was implemented again for the 2021-22 school year. But, according to The Post, the policies are considered and reassessed each year.
“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,” the school calendar read.
The decision to remove snow days came after several other holidays, like Election Day, Columbus Day, and Juneteenth had been added or renamed on the school calendar.
“Over the years, the DOE introduced additional holiday observances as part of the school calendar and has contractual obligations which limit the number of possible school days,” the Department of Education said in a statement. “The pandemic has also created the ability to switch seamlessly to remote learning, and DOE central and schools have distributed hundreds of thousands of devices to ensure that learning can continue remotely during school closures.”