Kids won’t get to enjoy winter weather as snow days canceled for NYC schools this year

Sorry, kids, it’s going to be a winter of discontent — at home.

Big Apple students will be forced to hunker down in front of their screens — instead of enjoying a snow day outdoors — when the winter weather is at its worst this year, Schools Chancellor David Banks said Tuesday.

“There are technically no more snow days,” Banks said on Fox 5’s “Good Day New York” ahead of the start of the 2022-23 school year Thursday.

“With the new technology that we have — that’s one of the good things that came out of COVID — if a snow day comes around, we want to make sure that our kids continue to learn.”

He added, “So, sorry, kids! No more snow days, but it’s gonna be good for you!”

The no-snow-day policy was first implemented in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on New York, forcing students into remote learning. It was rolled out again for the 2021-22 school year.

“On ‘snow days’ or days when school buildings are closed due to an emergency, all students and families should plan on participating in remote learning,” a note on the upcoming school year calendar warns.

An Education Department spokesperson told The Post on Tuesday that they “consider and reassess policies” each year.

Twitter denizens fumed at the idea of nixing the cold-weather pastime.

“NYC removing snow days is the most foul thing (you) can do with the advancement of technology,” one user raged on Tuesday.

“NYC cancelling snow days is a sin,” another tweeted.

One Twitter user added: “Typical of NYC. I used to pray for snow days.”

The decision to scrap snow days again ahead of this winter comes amid a string of other holidays that have been added to, or renamed on, the school calendar in recent years.

There are 13 holidays — not including winter and spring break — that will be marked this year as they fall on weekdays, including Italian Heritage/Indigenous Peoples’ Day, formerly Columbus Day, and Juneteenth.

Students will only have to wait two weeks after school resumes on Sept. 8 before they get some time off Sept. 26-27 for the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

Under New York law, students must attend classes 180 out of 365 days — and the axing of snow days is likely to help the DOE meet that quota.

But one Big Apple mom of two called for the state-set mandate to be raised to at least 200 days.

“We all learned that online learning is not the same as having kids at school. The DOE is officially reducing the number of school days when we see unprecedented learning gaps,” Danyela Souza Egorov told The Post on Tuesday.

“The New York State Education Department should not allow the district to offer less than 200 in person days for every NYC student.”

While Banks said “new technology,” at least in part, was behind the push to eliminate snow days, tech issues and bungled distribution of equipment were among the biggest struggles some faced with remote learning when it was first set in motion.

Low-income kids had to rely on faulty laptops and iPads from the city’s Department of Education amid the pandemic, according to a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court earlier this year.

A group of anonymous parents had claimed their children were left behind when they were forced to use the malfunctioning equipment — and that the DOE offered them no technical support.

The rollout of tablets and computers was also an issue within the first year of the pandemic, according to a July 2021 audit by the city comptroller’s office that found the DOE was still reviewing 19,425 student requests for equipment.

The DOE didn’t respond to The Post’s query on how it planned to ensure this year’s snow-day remote learning would roll out without any glitches.

A United Federation of Teachers union spokesperson said all teachers had to have a “digital classroom” set up by a Sept. 30 deadline to ensure students aren’t affected by the sudden switch to remote learning, if required.

“The set-up should include uploading necessary materials for the first day of an emergency closure,” the spokesperson said.

“Teachers will use this digital classroom to conduct parent-teacher conferences; conduct synchronous/live instruction on snow days; conduct asynchronous instruction for students who are isolating following a positive COVID-19 test and for synchronous instruction if the teacher must isolate/quarantine and is able to work remotely.”

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