NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Despite travel conditions and emergency declarations, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday defended the decision not to cancel class for the city’s 1.1 million public school students, by repeatedly reminding parents that he is a public school parent too.
“I look at this from a number of different perspectives, including that of public school parents,” de Blasio said at a news conference, reiterating several times that he himself is a parent of public school students.
As CBS 2’s Andrea Grymes reported, city schools Chancellor Carmen Farina announced Wednesday night that public schools would remain open Thursday during the storm. Field trips and after-school and PSAL activities were canceled Thursday.
Student attendance amounted to 44.65 percent citywide.