NEW YORK (PIX11) — While many parents were angry about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to keep schools open, officials felt they made the right call.
At a noon press conference, Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina and Mayor de Blasio defended keeping the schools open despite the weather.
“Parents are going to make choices so I think we did the right thing,” said Farina.
Over the last 50 years, New York City schools have closed fewer than ten times.Another major reason Farina decided to keep schools open was because school is seen as a “safe haven” for many kids.
“Many of our kids would not have had a hot lunch today,” said Farina.
The chancellor said schools had more than a 60 percent attendance rate Wednesday afternoon.
Dangerous conditions on the road have parents and students alike questioning de Blasio’s decision.
“How are we supposed to stay off the roads, if NYC schools remain OPEN!” mother Tilena Diamond commented on PIX11’s Facebook page. “UNREALISTIC MAYOR!!!! I am keeping my children home warm and safe period. And so is 95% of parents.”
This is the second time in recent weeks de Blasio has taken heat for keeping schools out despite inclement weather.