Snow Day!

Monday, March 02, 2009

NYC schools are off for the first time in five years. Teachers and students are happy, but probably not as happy as ski resort owners. Joel Klein, Chancellor of the NYC schools talks about what makes a snow day. Then, Mary Conklin, owner of the Thunder Ridge Ski Resort in Patterson, NY, talks about the big snow day. Are you a teacher? A skier? What are your plans for the snow day? Comment below!


Mary Conklin and Joel Klein

Comments [9]

Mike from Brooklyn

Brian, just for the record, I'm not grading papers today because I'm "industrious" I'm doing so because I'm overwhelmed. I actually enjoy having leisure time. Thank you for forcing Klein to compliment teachers, though. I'm sure it was painful for him.

One important point: Klein seemed to imply that he has been successful in reducing the city's scandalously high rate of teacher turnover. If there's data to show this, it would be an interesting story (assuming it's not simply an effect of the recession).

Mar. 02 2009 12:35 PM
Lauren from Brooklyn

I am so jealous of the schoolkids getting a snow day today. I attended NYC public schools in the '80s and '90s and do not recall ever having a snow day, even in blizzard conditions! Many of us would wind up staying home because we couldn't get to school, ruining our perfect attendance records.

Mar. 02 2009 11:41 AM
Anonymous from Brooklyn

I am hiding my name because I emailed work today saying, as I sometimes do, "working at home" ...when really I am taking my snow day, surfing the web, listening to WNYC, and soon to head out to Prospect Park for a nice walk.

In this age of telecommuting, are we going to lose the snowday one day?

Mar. 02 2009 11:40 AM
Elisa from White Plains, NY

Oh, please, after 25 years teaching in NYC--it's clear that it's all about babysitting. In 1994, there were a series of snowstorms, the city asked all non-essential workers to stay home because of the danger, but yet school was open, telling a million school kids and 100,000 teachers to go to work. I went to school to teach and in a school of over 500 kids, 6 showed up. This was true across the city. And meanwhile, dozens of teachers were injured driving and walking to school.

And look at how few days we have had off for treacherous conditions since then. There has never been a care about the safety of the teachers, and rarely to the safety of the kids--only about the liability.

Mar. 02 2009 11:40 AM
Doris Iskaros from Little Neck

Hi Brian!
The chancellor should know that the DOE website was not updated at the time I heard the announcement - after 6am - on a sports radio program. I don't know who he informed at 5:40am, but it wasn't his own webmaster. That is shameful. I hope none of my colleagues had left for work before that, but I fear they might have.

Mar. 02 2009 11:39 AM
linda cetta from demarest nj

I hope the Chancellor can explain keeping NYC schools open during storms In the 90's during a nor'easter schools were kept open even though bridges to City island closed so Bronx h.s students from the island could not get home that night. Nor could students get home in a 17 inch storm when the schools were open and the buses stopped running. I remember these examples of irresponsibility as a retired h.s. teacher.

Mar. 02 2009 11:21 AM
Jane from Brooklyn

I was an NYC teacher for five years. My husband teaches and so do many of my friends. Being a teacher in NYC is SO difficult that a 'snow day' for a teacher is Christmas and a birthday rolled into one. Our lives shouldn't be this way. Instead of giving us more snow days, Mr. Klein, please start giving teachers respect and support.

Mar. 02 2009 11:16 AM

Aside from the rare snowdays, I hope you'll ask Chancellor Klein why this one was announced so late. Many kids, especially on days with weather like today's, leave before six.

Mar. 02 2009 11:05 AM
RCT, Chappaqua from Chappaqua

As to my "day" job as an attorney I am working from home today via a remote connection. My evening position as an adjunct ass't professor at Hunter College is another story because, according to the Hunter web site, classes are in session. Since there is no way that I will be digging out of my home in Northern Westchester by this evening, I've e-mailed my students that our class is cancelled.

What's with CUNY? Doesn't anyone there know that it's snowing. ALOT.

Mar. 02 2009 10:32 AM

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