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Kids in NYC Have to Go to School on Thursday, Or Declare Their Own Snow Day

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 05: A man carries a girl across a snowy street on February 5, 2014 in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York, United States. New York and surrounding regions were hit with yet another snow storm today, bringing snow and ice over night, and sleet and freezing rain during theday. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Eh, let’s stay home and binge watch House of Cards as a family. Photo: Andrew Burton/2014 Getty Images

On Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a hazardous travel advisory for Thursday and Friday, warning New Yorkers that the latest round of the never-ending Snowpocalypse will make the morning and evening commute “extremely difficult.” “If you do not need to drive, you will help yourself and everyone else by staying off the roads,” said De Blasio. “Take mass transit and leave extra time — it will be slow-going for everyone tomorrow.” That sounds like the prelude to a school-closing announcement, but the Department of Education said classes are still on for tomorrow – though last time, more than half of all students just didn’t show up.

There’s only been one snow day so far in De Blasio’s New York, and many parents were angry that school remained open during the last big storm. “Damned if you do, damned if you don’t,” Carmen Farina, the New York City Schools Chancellor, told ABC New York, adding that many kids only get a hot meal at school, and no one will be home to care for them. “Parents have to go to work. You didn’t hear of any businesses in the city of New York closed down. Macy’s was open. So if people can go shopping and go to work, then kids can go to school,” Farina said.

The federal government has already closed its offices in the D.C. area for Thursday, and on Twitter many are calling for Netflix to make the snow day even sweeter by posting season two of House of Cards a day early. Netflix has yet to respond, but it does seem like something they’d do. In that case, it’s going to be a particularly rough day for the many NYC schoolchildren desperate to see what Frank Underwood does next.

Kids in NYC Have to Go to School on Thursday