Tomorrow everybody is to safe at home except for emergency personnel like police, fireman, EMT's and NYCDOE employees assigned to district and field offices.
The UFT is not amused:
The UFT staff directors are sending the following email to UFT members who work in district and field offices:
The Department of Education has decided to close schools tomorrow, but has told central and field offices that they must remain open. The UFT vehemently disagrees with the DOE’s decision, and we are actively working on getting the city to reconsider.
The DOE’s longstanding policy, which we continue to fight, is as follows:
“Unless the Chancellor instructs otherwise, all central offices, and the offices of District 75 and 79 must remain open for regular hours on days when schools are authorized by the Chancellor to close or open late due to citywide emergency conditions or major stormy weather as staff must be in a position to provide essential information to parents and others.”
We wanted you to have accurate information as you make decisions tomorrow morning. We urge you to exercise caution about traveling into work.
LeRoy Barr & Ellie Engler
I understand the need to get essential information out to parents, but I guess I just wonder, if the roads, bridges, tunnels and mass transit are all shut down tomorrow, how exactly does one get to a district or field office to dispense that essential information?
UPDATED - 7:55 PM: Even Cuomo's giving non-essential state employees a snow day tomorrow:
State offices in NYC, Dutchess, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, Ulster & Westchester Counties will be closed on Tuesday, Jan 27.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 27, 2015