Decision To Keep Schools Open Angers Many NYC Parents

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Some New York City parents were outraged at Mayor Bloomberg’s decision to keep schools open on Wednesday.

A thick coating of ice made getting around very hazardous and, in some areas, nearly impossible, but it wasn’t enough to cancel schools – a decision that left some parents furious, reports CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown.

“It’s a big risk for us. If anything happens to them, any injury, any fracture, who’s going to take care of them, Bloomberg?” Woodside, Queens resident Ruby Qureshy said. “Nobody’s going to take care, the moms have to take care.”

Instead of a snow day, kids, teachers and parents sloshed their way to class.

“I fell like seven times, over and over, especially when crossing the streets,” sixth grader Momina Fazal said.

“It’s all icy, so I slipped when I was crossing the street,” Jaylima Karmachrye, also in sixth grade, said.

In Woodside, a tree snapped under the weight of icy branches, crushing the hood of a car and trapping a school bus full of children behind it for more than an hour.

“They are okay, we have heat on the bus,” bus driver Pat Leo said. “We called the office, and they are sending another bus for us.”

Teachers said there is still concern that falling branches will make Thursday dicey as well, particularly if some schools lose power.

Even with all the snow, classes at New York City schools have been cancelled only once so far this winter – last Thursday.

Upset Bloomberg kept the schools open Wednesday? Let us know about it in the comments section below.

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  1. John says:

    The Mayor and the Chancellor should have opted to have the schools open 2 hours late,rather than at their normal time due to the very icy and dangerous weather conditons.Do they not have any common sense at all? The UFT should have made this a very vocal issue.Why do we not hear the union making a statement regarding this?The option of a 2 hour delayed opening is one that the Mayor and the Chancellor have,and they should use it.

  2. nyc public school teacher says:

    At the very least, he could have had the decency to grant a delayed opening.. My colleagues & I were LITERALLY crawling into work. That and sliding down hills on our bottoms. No joke.

    What I don’t understand is why he doesn’t designate the immediate streets surrounding all public schools as one of the first places to plow or salt. How does he expect these children to live the American dream if they can’t even get to school safely?! Actions speak louder than words. You can’t expect the children to come if you don’t clear the path.

  3. steve s says:

    if these angry parents were so upset and worried about their children they should of kept their children home. Duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Nurse S says:

      It is not that cut and dry. You worry about their safty, but you have to also worry about thier education. If school is open, the days lesson is taught. There is no time for make ups for children who’s parents CHOOSE to let them stay home. In other words “the show must go on”. Parents fear vital information may be missed. THIS is why we as parents send our children to school on days like this. If school is closed we would not have this dillema. Apparently, you do not have children. All I can say is wait until you become a parent and have to choose.

  4. Enny says:

    Come on people, why always blamed mayor Bloomberg, use your brain, you the parents can decide what’s best for your children, nobody else.

  5. Myrtle Beach Bobby says:

    Mayor Bloomie was too busy with his gun buying scam in Arizona to care about NY

  6. THA FACTS R says:

    It’s obvious that Bloomberg doesn’t have school age children. Neither do any of his wealthy friends.

    It’s a big risk for us. If anything happens to them, any injury, any fracture, who’s going to take care of them, Bloomberg?” Woodside, Queens resident Ruby Qureshy said. “Nobody’s going to take care, the moms have to take care.”

    well you sue the city or the property owner if you get injured, you live in USA, not in 3rd world country……

  7. Aston says:

    for once i didn’t vote for him it looks like i made the right choice i was taking my son to school and my car was sliding all over the place i had to turn back i think all the money he has is going to his head rather than doing something like protecting our kids.

  8. Steel fans says:

    You had a chace to get this guy the hell out of office. And you blow it. So don’t get mad at his decision making

  9. barbara says:

    the parents complain if the mayor closes the schools. the same parents complain when he doesn’t. they should make up their minds.

  10. Ed in Inwood says:

    I had no issue with the schools being open…just a delayed start to the school day is reasonably justifiable. Snow/ice are required to be cleared within 4 hours of the last flake, except if it happens after 9pm the deadline is extended to 11am. Perhaps that deadline should be moved a few hours earlier to accommodate the parents and kids, or the school day should start a couple of hours later to give owners a chance to clear a path on their sidewalks. I’m just glad no one in my family was seriously injured. I just have a few bruises.

  11. Odeida says:

    It’s obvious that Bloomberg doesn’t have school age children. Neither do any of his wealthy friends.

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