Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It's Going to Snow: What Will Black Do?

Thanks to Jeff Kaufman for sending this blast from the past

Check this out, one year ago.

February 9, 2010, 11:55 am

Schools Closed Tomorrow


LIZ ROBBINSUpdated, 2:47 p.m. | New York City public schools will be closed on Wednesday, the Department of Education announced on Tuesday in a pre-emptive decision one day before a significant winter storm is due to hit the region.

Some courts and city offices will also be closed, as will Catholic schools.

Nearly a foot of snow is expected Wednesday in the metropolitan area, with most of the heavy accumulation anticipated in the afternoon. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg urged everyone who works in the city to take mass transit, even if the morning commute seems doable, echoing comments by schools Chancellor Joel Klein.

"While travel conditions to school in the morning may not be difficult, the weather is expected to worsen as the day progresses, complicating dismissal," Mr. Klein stated. "We are making this decision today to give parents as much time as possible to make alternative plans for tomorrow."

This was only the third time since 2004 that schools were closed, the previous citywide closure coming on March 2, 2009.

Most private schools in the city were likely to close Wednesday as well. Trinity on the Upper West Side called off classes, as did Collegiate, according to e-mail messages sent to parents. There was no word yet from the head of school at Horace Mann in Riverdale. Elsewhere in Manhattan, the Calhoun School announced on its Web site before noon that it was closing, but by 12:30 p.m., Friends Seminary hadn't yet decided. St. Ann's School in Brooklyn Heights keeps a standard note on its Web site: when New York City public schools are closed, it is too.

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