The NYC Department of Education announced today that all public schools in the city will have their students do remote e-learning instead of having snow days next school year and people are BIG…MAD.
The nation’s largest school district going all-virtual instead of cancelling school for snow next year after seeing how the system operated during the pandemic.
“The DOE will shift all students to remote instruction in lieu of canceling schools due to severe weather conditions,” stated the NYC Department of Education.
Election Day will now also be a citywide remote learning day beginning in the fall of 2021, while Columbus Day has been removed from the school calendar and will be replaced with Indigenous Peoples’ Day on October 11 and Juneteenth will be added as a non-school day on June 20.
“Over the years, the DOE introduced additional holiday observances as part of the school calendar, and has contractual obligations which limit the number of possible school days,” reads the plan. “The pandemic has also created the ability to switch seamlessly to remote learning, and DOE central and schools have distributed hundreds of thousands of devices to ensure that learning can continue remotely during school closures. To ensure we are meeting the required 180 days in session we are adopting two practices from this past school year.”
With all of those changes, pretty much anyone and everyone found something that made them very…angry. Mostly, it was about the snow days though.
Parents can chip off ice into a plastic bin and let their kids feel it with their hands to simulate playing in the snow during STEM zoom class.— Kate Fazzini (@KateFazzini) May 4, 2021
As a teacher let me just say that these remote learning days will be pointless. At least a quarter of the class will simply skip, and among those who do attend a majority will be distracted.— Jordan Douglas (@LaVie_de_Jo) May 4, 2021
Just give the kids the day off! One remote day of ineffective education is not important
So now the teacher needs to cook up surprise "lessons" or activities that kids have to download. Textbooks are at school. Chapter books are at school. More than likely they will need to have "emergency reading" or "backup worksheets" at the ready. Wouldn't want kids to miss that!— edited for syndication (@thesideofmyface) May 4, 2021
Will this include grades K-4? Did anyone in charge consider the fact that parents who work will now need to figure out WiFi-enabled childcare so their kindergartner or second-grader can be on Zoom and also fed and watched? So mom stays home from work now? What gives?— edited for syndication (@thesideofmyface) May 4, 2021
The assumption that every kid will have working electricity, internet, laptops/computers at home, while also maintaining all the proper credentials/stability for distance learning systems during a snow emergency, is uhhhh, an interesting one.— Jonathan Garris (@JonathanGarris) May 4, 2021
Was no one at the NYC Dept of Education ever a child? Jesus— Half-vaxxed Lo (@liveandletdyke) May 4, 2021
Parents nationwide are now biting their fingernails praying their inept school districts don’t get wind of this plan.