Sorry I already posted a similar post a week or two ago but I'm so fed up with NYC. If you're not from the area- NYC public schools never close. It takes an act of God basically. We had one snow day in early January and I guess the mayor (who basically has final decision) is going to hold that day against us for the rest of the winter. (There was a terrible storm that day.) Last week we had a very dangerous snow storm. I'm so tired of reading press releases or watching press conferences where they beg everyone to stay off the roads and stay home and then in the same breath announce that NYC schools are open. It's dangerous! It's not just dangerous for teachers like me that are driving in from outside the city. It's dangerous for kids and teachers getting on buses and on the subway- or walking on the many icy snowy sidewalks that don't get salted or plowed. I'm tired of all the reasons they think that when every other district in the tri-state area is closed they need to remain open "so kids have a hot meal" (they do okay on Saturday and Sunday every week) "because parents shouldnt have to worry about childcare" (tough- this is life. sometimes kids get sick- parents figure it out then too) and the newest reason- "education needs to uninterrupted" (a few snow days a year probably has a lot less impact on their education than the 8 weeks off in the summer if you ask me.) We have snow days built into our calendar. So why can't we use it when it's so bad that major highways are being shutdown?!?!? I just don't get it! Last week I had to use one of my sick days because I felt it was too unsafe to get into work. I wasted on a day while there were 11 kids in my class (less than half) and my co-teacher spent most of the day letting them play legos and go on the computer. Now we're set to have another storm tomorrow. All the warnings are being sent out- every suburban district has closed and I'm going to be up at 4am worrying about what I'm going to do, trying to figure out how to get to work. UGH! Spring can't come soon enough!