NYC Public Schools to go Remote Next Year on Snow Days, Election Day
New York City public schools will go remote when severe weather, such as a snowstorm, hits the city next year, New York City’s Department of Education (DOE) announced today.
Election Day on Nov. 2 also will be a day of online learning at home for public school students.
Even after public school students began to return to in-person learning this past winter, the city’s public schools switched to remote during the city’s several snowstorms.
The pandemic has proved to city educators that learning can still happen even when students are not in the classroom, Spectrum News NY1 said, however, at the same time, many teachers and students report that remote learning could often be a total waste of time without the engagement and structure of the classroom.
The DOE says it is working overtime to ensure that all students return to full-time to in-person learning for the 2021 to 2022 school year, which will begin on September 13.
In keeping with the current political climate, the DOE has also renamed what was once Columbus Day, to what will now be called Indigenous Peoples' Day on October 11, when public schools will be closed. The DOE is also adding another day off of school on June 20, 2022, which is the first school day after June 19, otherwise known as Juneteenth: the oldest holiday to marks the end of slavery in the United States.
On June 19, 1865, a Union General rode into Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended and that all slaves had been freed.