The mountains of snow and the icy roads never arrived last winter, depriving schoolchildren of the precious surprise of a snow day. But the payoff is about to come, a few months later, to thousands of New York City students.
Because schools did not close on any of the days set aside for snow and other emergencies, the Department of Education is granting schools permission to cancel classes on the last Monday and Tuesday of June.
Many schools are taking advantage of the offer. But like many unexpected gifts for children, this one is already annoying some of their parents.
The department had scheduled Wednesday, June 27, as the last day of classes, and said that state regulations required students to attend on the final day.
So students will be called back for a half day after a four-day weekend, and after summer has officially arrived.
Cindy Kohll Persky, the mother of two children at Public School 87 on the Upper West Side, said the scheduling was “ridiculous.”
“We don’t have school on Monday and Tuesday, and we’re supposed to come back for three hours? People make summer plans,” she said. “A lot of parents are really unhappy about it.”