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Mayor of New York refused to close schools for snow. Was this a wise decision?

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  • It was a stupid decision!

    Of all the dumb rookie decisions a new mayor could make, keeping the public schools open during one of the worst storms of the winter is one of the dumbest. Parents complained, children came in freezing, commutes were tangled. It was a huge mess. He should have listened to his advisors.

  • New York Mayor's mistake.

    Mayor de Blasio ordered kids to school on Thursday in spite of heavy snowfall. The question here is was it safe? The opposition would say no considering there were 2 reported school bus related accidents that day. However, there were no reported injuries in either accident. Also, comparing this day with any other day in New York, 2 might be a small number even in the best of conditions. We have no data on that. Also, if the Mayor was given information from the road crews that the streets were safe, and the metro was running, the information he received supports his decision. Reports of a side street that had not been plowed that the buses did not even run on are slanderous and misleading.

  • No, this was not a wise decision.

    Schools should be closed for snow and dangerous weather conditions. It is hazardous to transport children to and from schools in bad weather conditions. Children waiting at the bus stop or walking to school during these conditions cannot be seen by drivers. The children are also a higher risk of being hit by a driver that has lost control of his vehicle.

  • Bad Common Sense

    I believe the mayor made the wrong decision. He upheld his decision by describing schools as a day care service for parents, so they could continue to work. Frankly, when snow falls only occasionally in areas, I don't see any reason for a city to essentially shut down for a day to recuperate. We shouldn't be so concerned about turning the economic wheel when it poses unnecessary dangers to children and commuters.

  • No, schools should be closed for snow.

    The primary concern for students should be their safety. Education is very important but missed days can be made up at the end of the year. The snow makes it very difficult for everyone to go about their daily routine. If there is a chance that a student will be adversely affected by the weather then it is the responsibility of officials to prevent it.


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