Some say snow days are a cherished tradition.

Some say snow days are a cherished tradition. Credit: Steve Pfost

A storm of a debate is brewing.

The New York City school system recently announced it would no longer have any snow days — times when school is called off because of big storms. Instead, NYC will shift to remote learning for inclement weather. On Long Island, the reaction was different with many school districts keeping the traditional snow days.

Some say snow days are a cherished tradition and a serendipitous excuse for bonus play and relaxation. Others argue that with schools struggling to get students up to speed, particularly post-pandemic, snow on the ground is no reason to slam the schoolbooks shut.

When the big flakes are coming down or ice is making the roads treacherous, should there be an automatic switch to remote learning? Or does wintry weather justify a little whimsy?

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