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DOE: Average Attendance Rate Was 47.1 Percent on Wednesday

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Public schools were open Wednesday, but fewer than half of city students actually attended.

The Department of Education says that the average attendance rate was 47.1 percent Wednesday.

This number comes in far lower than the average attendance rate through December, which was about 92 percent.

"I think parents can make the decision whether they send the kids to school or not, and there were enough kids in school today that for the parents who needed schools to be open," said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. "I think we did a great job, and as far as I'm concerned, it was a good call, just like last week's was a good call."

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

"I think it was a bad idea because when it snows, not a lot of kids come to school anyway, and some teachers don't come to school 'cause the roads are still icy and they can't get to school," said one student.

City schools have only had one snow day so far this year.

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