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Decision to Keep Schools Open Gets Icy Reception

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Parents and teachers on Staten Island had mixed opinions about the decision to keep city schools open Wednesday. NY1's Bree Driscoll filed the following report.

Substitute teacher Michael Young was called into work at IS 61 Wednesday. He caught a ride with science teacher Sharon Feldman after the city made the call to keep public schools open.

"I'm not happy with the decision. I do a lot of the coverages in the building. We have a lot of teachers who are out. It is a hardship for the teachers to get in. Sometimes it is icy. One of the main problems we actually have is once the teachers come here there is no place to park," Feldman said.

"I think it is difficult for teachers and students to get to school. Ideally you want everyone to come and learn and things to go as scheduled but Mother Nature takes over," Young added.

Students poured into school, some taking buses others walking. While most streets were clear, some parents and students worried about the slippery and cold conditions.

"Down the road I could see a lot of kids walking in the street because the sidewalks are packed with snow. They have to be walking in the street and it is dangerous," said Thalia Ford, a parent.

"When it snows not a lot of kids come to school anyways," said Calvin Lawson, a sixth grader.

Meanwhile, at PS 45 in West Brighton parents had their own strong opinions about the decision to keep schools open.

"If they closed last time they should have closed this time I think," said one parent.

"I don't think the roads are too bad. I think it was alright. Maybe a delayed opening but definitely not a closing," said another parent.

"Which way do you want to go? Do you want people to stay off the roads because it is a state of emergency? Or do you want the kids to go to school? So I am really not too happy about it," said a third parent.

Young students, though, were a bit more forgiving.

"I am excited that we have school because we usually don't have school on days that are snowy," noted on student.

Parents also had mixed emotions about the decision to keep schools open being made around 11 p.m. Tuesday. Some felt the call should have waited until morning to see just how bad the conditions were. Others say it helped to have plenty of time to plan. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP