Wrong on schools
Feb 03, 2016 | 4378 views | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

I would like to disagree with the editorial in last week's paper that Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Farina were correct to keep schools open.

Your main points were that schools are often the safest place for kids and one of the only places some kids can warm up and get a meal. How is a school a safe place to be when it is dangerous for a child or anyone else to be outdoors?

Last Monday morning, most teachers and parents couldn't get their cars out and school buses couldn't get down many of the unplowed streets.

In the past, mayors have cancelled school with only the threat of a snowstorm and were criticized for doing so, but they erred on the side of caution. Here we have a mayor who knew we had one of the biggest snowstorms in the city's history and he threw caution to the wind.

On your other point that schools are the only place some kids can get warm and have a hot meal may be true, but is it the schools job to do what parents and guardians should be doing?

The children that did make it to school by risking life and limb got to watch movies because most children and teachers didn't make it in and classes were cancelled. I hope the cafeteria workers could make it in so the kids could get their hot meal.

Sincerely,

Richard Polgar

Maspeth
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