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Posted by Nate Goldman on Monday, November 25th 2019:

In Reply to: Re: SNOWFALLS IN BROOKLYN, NY posted by Barb on Monday, November 25th 2019:

Yes, I vividly remember having to trudge through heavy accumulation of snow, loaded down, with a lot of school books, because the schools were rarely closed, because of snow. One teacher told us that one reason was that some families didn't have heat, and their kids would keep warm in school. Today, in my local community, if there is the slightest amount of snow, the schools are closed, sometimes 6-9 times, during the year. The students don't have to make that time up, either, as we had to do at Midwood.

This past September and early October, as I'm sure everyone remembers, there was extreme heat all over the eastern part of the country. The schools in my area, closed, because of the heat; when we went to school, we used to sweat, during the month of June, when it was very hot. Mind you, they just didn't close the schools in my area which didn't have air-conditioning, but all of the schools, including more than half with air-conditioning.

Regarding the comments about living less than a mile away, and not qualifying for a bus pass, I could never understand the rationale behind that.

Incidentally, when I went to Midwood, because of overcrowding, for our Freshmen year, they shipped us off the the annex on 18th Avenue, to the west of Ocean Parkway. When we went to the main building, they had us on the PM session, which meant, we couldn't come into school before 1PM, and couldn't leave before 5:40PM. It was dark out outside when we went home. Another year, they had us on the "M" session, which was neither here nor there. We came in 10AM. and left around 4PM. They would not allow us to go home for lunch, even though we were permitted to do so, at P.S. 217.

In my suburban community, all of the students in high school, are allowed to go home for lunch.

Barb mentioned what students were not permitted to wear. I won't even comment on some of the attire, that high school students wear today.

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