CAROLL GARDENS, Brooklyn (PIX11) – Wednesday morning, many Brooklyn parents woke up to slippery roads or unplowed streets, but still had to send their children to school.
With wind chills making temperatures feel below zero, many questioned why Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina kept New York City schools open.
According to a Department of Education spokeswoman, the attendance Wednesday was just 47.1%, the lowest since a snowstorm in 2011.
At a Tuesday press conference, the Mayor stressed the importance of staying off roads and staying inside because of the brutal cold.
“People should stay home for the longest extent possible. If you need to go out, you should stay out as briefly as possible,” de Blasio said.
Despite the warning, teachers and students were expected to be at school Wednesday morning.
“I’m surprised the schools are opened,” one parent said. “It’s not good weather for the kids to be out.”