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Parents questioning Mayor de Blasio’s decision to keep schools open

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.”


4 Comments to “Parents questioning Mayor de Blasio’s decision to keep schools open”

    Ronette Benjamin said:
    January 22, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Their safety is at risk. Hello mayor deblasio. Lets focus on saniation gate nevermind bridge gate

    Bonnie said:
    January 22, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Just because the mayor kept the school’s open doesn’t mean you have to send your child to school. Your the parent not the mayor. If you feel it is unsafe then don’t send them because if your child gets hurt or very ill in this weather who has to answer why not the mayor but you the parent.

    Bonnie said:
    January 22, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    I wasn’t replying to you. I was just trying to post a comment.

    yourbigapple said:
    January 22, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    I am 63 and grew up in Brooklyn.  I went to school in the snow even worse than this. I don’t understand why parents are so upset.  If they closed the schools they would complain they have no one to watch their kids. I just don’t get it.

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