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    School Calls, Then Retracts

    Crown Heights teachers and students got frustrated Thursday morning after going to school and then being told it was cancelled. Full Story, Photos

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    Thank you Bais Rivka
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    Thank you Bais Rivka

    Thank you Bais Rivka for trying to accommodate working parents. And thank you for the guts to call school off at the last minute when you realized how unsafe conditions were becoming.

    Does Bais Chaya Mushka have school?
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    Does Bais Chaya Mushka have school?

    wondering?

    friend from mountain crest
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    friend from mountain crest

    kol hakavod Shloime Yunik for walking your daughter safely to school in the snow!

    Ohlie Torah
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    Ohlie Torah

    It was the same thing with Oholie Torah, the call in number stated that all schools were open. Then my wife gets a call from the teacher at 9:00, that school is canceled! very unprofessional!!

    Meir
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    Meir

    BS”D Hopefully the mayor left town for warmer weather and now the great City of NY remains in competent hands not to mention non socialist hands.

    wasnt that bad
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    wasnt that bad

    k it was not so bad that i found out after i got to Beis Rivkah High School that there were no school- and btw the principal only found out a few mins after school started.
    at least i and so many other girls got up early to daven. go br!

    old timer
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    old timer

    yes
    both beis chaya mushka and oholei torah have school

     Bais Rivkah Parent
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    Bais Rivkah Parent

    Thank you Bis Rivkah for putting our children’s safety first!! Bais Rivkah is the only school who has made the right decision in crown heights even if it came in late. Thank you!!

    Smart decision!!
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    Smart decision!!

    Yes, the call came in late, however it was a smart decision. The administration had in mind the safety of all their students!

    bais rivkah parent
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    bais rivkah parent

    Fistly,there was no call made from the school saying that the school is open.Yes, if you called the school there was a recorded message that school is open. The blame should go to the mayor for not cancelling school not Bais Rivkah since B R. always follows the Public Schools. When I listened to the radio this morning even the guy reporting the weather thought it ridiculous having children go out and wait for the buses.The mayor said its dangerous to be out on the road,so why isnt it dangerous for kids to go out and wait for the buses.… Read more »

    Agree with #1!
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    Agree with #1!

    It’s usually the mothers that don’t work that complain when school gets canceled …
    Thank you bais rivka for doing the right thing

    to comment 1
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    to comment 1

    not sure why br deserves any thank you at all. they inconvenienced many people with their disorganization. there were moms who went to work after putting their kids on the busses only to have to rush home to meet them as they returned.

    Way to go
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    Way to go

    Thank u br for caring about the safety of your students and teachers!

    Hahah WE LOVE BRHS!!
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    Hahah WE LOVE BRHS!!

    Go BRHS!! We totally rock!!

    Go Leah!!
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    Go Leah!!

    Go Leah B!! An amazing granddaughter!

    seriously...
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    seriously...

    All the girls who came to school will be receiving an extra late pass, they were told.

    Well now, that makes EVERYTHING alright.

    Right decision
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    Right decision

    BR made the right decision, albeit a little late. Not sure why the decision couldn’t be made an hour earlier though, when I looked out the window at 7:30 it already looked bad. And to comment #11 that’s a very generalized statement to make, I don’t work and have no problem if school is cancelled if that’s what’s safest for the children (I have even kept them home in the past on snow days when I felt the school was in the wrong for not canceling). I just feel bad for the mothers who have to work and the difficulties… Read more »

    sent home
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    sent home

    we where sent home at 9:30

    So nerdy
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    So nerdy

    Seriously everyone calm down. I walked 30 min to BRHS and found out school was canceled while was walking. We all davened and then i walked 25 minutes home. The thing that came out of this was that I davened, saw my friends, enjoyed the snow, and had a good laugh. Not everything has to be negative. I’m just so impressed that 90% of Bais Rivkah students showed up. Everyone stop being dramatic about it. Everyone is high school is mature enough to realize that no one did this intentionally. Thank you Bais Rivkah principals for handling this situation so… Read more »

    miryam swerdlov
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    miryam swerdlov

    hi. we need to put ourselves in the shoes of the ones making the decisions. before 8 it really didn’t look bad. just as it became bad, was when we had to leave for school.
    aren’t you happy YOU were not the one to have to make that last second decision? should we/shouldn’t we…please understand how difficult it was for them. either way, there would be difficulties.
    Al todin..ad shetagiya limkomom.

    Reb Shloma
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    Reb Shloma

    Vus men tsu? Dus iz rusland?

    yeaa
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    yeaa

    Mrs. Teichtel said she was up since 5:00 A.M trying to figure out wat to do…why didn’t she just cancel skewl?!!?!?!!?!?!

    bnos menachem
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    bnos menachem

    I got a call at a quarter to ten to come pick up my daughter.Then I get a call few min later everyone will be coming home by bus. ThankG-d they sent them home by bus.But there should be a clear answer no later than 7:30!

    yisher koach for trying!
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    yisher koach for trying!

    so gld my daughter at least davened shachris!

    To 19
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    To 19

    High school girls are not the issue here. The preschool abd younger elementry students are the ones who were really affected. Todays weather was no surprise, it was predicted days ago. Waiting till the last minute to make a decision was wrong and irresponsible

    listen to the bus driver!
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    listen to the bus driver!

    the schools principals should take their bus drivers opnion very seriously!

    Lamplighters
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    Lamplighters

    Kudos to Lamplighters for cancelling school before it started!

    Meir
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    Meir

    BS”D all of the critics are not considering the preciousness to Hashem and the Rebbe of the voice of Torah of children. That is why it is not such as light or easy decision to cancel school

    bnos menachem
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    bnos menachem

    we went to school to c that no teachers showed up and were dismissed early!!!
    so why did we have to go to school in the first place????

    BIG QUESTION!
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    BIG QUESTION!

    will there be school Friday!??!?!?!

    Bais rivkah is to blame
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    Bais rivkah is to blame

    I dropped my daughter and got on a train to work Think about that! I don’t have family like most of you in crown Heights to pick up my daughter they are unorganized!

    sorry
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    sorry

    No matter what this was irresponsible!!!!!

    Thank You!
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    Thank You!

    For posting pics of my block. Now i know i can go shopping @ koshertown. Thanks Shimmy for snowblowing!!!

    As for those that trudged out to school. Poor things. But ya never know what your davening all together accomplished on high.

    Automated calls
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    Automated calls

    Our school has an automated message that goes out to each household. The decision is reached at 6;30 in the morning and that is followed by phone calls soon after.

    #19
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    #19

    Totally agree!!!

    To # 31
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    To # 31

    Sorry you got messed up.
    This type of issue becomes. doomed if you do and doomed if you don’t.
    Other parents would complain that they have to go to work.
    WHER SHOULD WE LEAVE OUR KIDS>

    VERY irresponsible. At least they understood to have the girls daven…..

    Chava
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    Chava

    What is everyone getting so uptight about, and yes I too work and didn’t get to go in today. If BR makes a decision to cancel school everyone goes crazy, so they made a decision to open and then realized it really wasn’t safe so they closed. End of story. They took the childrens safety as the number 1 priority. The only thing I personally did not understand is, if the high schooler girls trudged out I thought they could have stayed open even just for half day as they were there already.

    to #37
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    to #37

    thats what bnos menachem did
    they had school for half a day for everyone except preschool

    Thank you
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    Thank you

    Go Bais RIvkah caring about are kids thank you

    i love BM!
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    i love BM!

    just saying we had a great day at BM, and leanred like girls our age are meant to be doing

    SOMEONE FROM LONDON.
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    SOMEONE FROM LONDON.

    while you are all complaining about snow, be happy tha its not rain instead. we would prefair to have snow than rain every every DAY!!!!!!!!!!!

    ehem
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    ehem

    but beis rivka high skewl doesnt have bus…..thats y we should NOT have anything to do with the public skewl next door that all the kids come by bus…….
    C’mon high skwl! make ure own decisions!

    AND
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    AND

    it doenst need to be a whole argument to c who does it first- if it just doesnt LOOK like it makes sense to have skewl then it shud be canceled! no politics with the other skewls….

    To # 38
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    To # 38

    Bnos Menachem had school till 12:30 for preschool and up! pre nursery (2-3yr olds who start 9:30) canceled before they were even picked up by bus.

    go BCM
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    go BCM

    there was a beautiful day of learning in Beis Chaya Mushka. yes it was hard to get to school but all was forgotten as the girls walked in and were greeted with hot cocoa and hot breakfast (as they are everyday). the blame goes on the mayor. if the city cancels school, everyone follows.

    A very happy parent

    unfair!!!!!!
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    unfair!!!!!!

    i woke up 7;20 to get to school on time .I am very upset that i come to school and then!!!!! they tell me there is no school like seriosly i could have slept in!!!!!! i think they should tell us at least at 8;00

    nice shoveling
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    nice shoveling

    go Leah B!

    Blame the Mayor?
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    Blame the Mayor?

    We don’t HAVE to follow the Mayor.
    We have to follow our sechel.
    Looking out the window at 7:30 this morning it was a no-brainer that school should be canceled.

    Big achrayus
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    Big achrayus

    As a principal or administrator it is a big achrayus to close a moisad chinuch. It means you are denying all of the students their daily dose of ruchniyus. You are stopping all the Torah learning that goes on daily. It’s a very big decision and should not be taken lightly. If it is at all possible to keep a Yiddishe school open, it should be done. I understand why the decision was only made in the last moment when the weather became really impossible.

    whats u talking about
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    whats u talking about

    benos menachem has school all the way from pri till high. at 12.00 was early dismiss and every one was very happy about there gr8 judgment

    TO #37
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    TO #37

    If the NYC public schools were open then why was darling BR clossed?????

    to 22
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    to 22

    okkk freshie. calm down, calm down.

    its a tough decision for our mosdos
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    its a tough decision for our mosdos

    i don’t think this was an easy decision for any mosad. if public school cancels, then they all follow suit, because it is a matter of safety, even if it means (don’t laugh – it’s true) that hundreds of kids won’t learn torah or possibly daven that day. so take today, when PS was open, why would a frum school want to cancel? until ofc they realized that even PS should have cancelled.

    clear the confusion
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    clear the confusion

    for those of you who arent clear about BM having school till 12:30, well the preschool called the parents and told them to come pick up their kids at 9, the moms dropping off were turned away and told to go home..then the school decided to send out a message that there will be school until 12:30 and the kids will go home by buses.. except half the preschool parents were already called to come pick up already.. whoever couldn’t make it to pick up their preschool child earlier did indeed have a half day. I say a big Thank… Read more »

    to 54
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    to 54

    AS a BM parent, BM did the best they were able to during that very confusing time…dangerous weather and they felt best for parents to pick up their child for SAFETY of children and those dropping off their kids in the crazy weather, yes was safest to take back bec they didn’t know how rest of day would play out…..once they heard that was impossible for some parents to come they had teachers who were able to make it (lots were stuck home with their own kids home from school) stay till 12…at least they stayed open even if it… Read more »

    to #52
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    to #52

    who said im a freshie?

    Friday
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    Friday

    Bottom line…. Is there going to be school tomorrow?

    A mess
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    A mess

    This mess is due to the Mayor not using logic- HE was saying how dangerous the morning commute will be! How could not logically lead to schools canceling? The lesson here is not to listen to the mayor! It doesn’t matter what the kids are missing, safety always comes first. Oh, and a huge thank you to may daughter’s BR teacher who had a conference call with the girls and they all davened, learned parsha etc.!

    BRHS
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    BRHS

    Yes, Bais rivka gave us a day off, but they told us that we have no school AFTER we got there!!! We had to wake up early, shovel, trudge to school then turn around and go strait home!!!!!

    We are not like the public schools l'havdil
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    We are not like the public schools l'havdil

    If you remember, this irresponsible behavior on the part of the city to not close public schools, even when travel is dangerous, was the brain child of former Mayor Bloomberg, who was afraid that children would be left alone at home with no heat or food as their parents had to work. In other words, according to Bloomberg, the schools had to take over for the parents, and he almost never closed the schools during his 12 years in office. Yes, we have working and struggling families in our neighborhood also, but it is a no-brainer that if it looks… Read more »

    i admire schools
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    i admire schools

    who try to stay open as much as possible- they take thair achrayus as a moisad chinuch seriously and close only when absolutely necessary.
    its so easy to say ‘lets close today’.
    but it takes a lot for a school to say we will remain open until no choice!’
    THANK YOU oholei torah, bnos menachem and beis chaya mushka for not being so quick to close your doors at every snowfall!!

    If all the girls in BRHS have phones......
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    If all the girls in BRHS have phones......

    & they make them put the phones in special bags during class…..and they already know that the girls have phones…..WHY?!?!??! can’t they call the girls’ phone’s DIRECTLY, and tell them that there is no school?! Why do they need to call the parents, and then the parents should get the message to the girls!?! Isn’t that a little backwards?

    teachers
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    teachers

    did anyone think that many of bais rivkahs teachers aren’t from CH, and realized that they couldn’t make it only after they tried?

    BeiS Rivkah is AWESOME!!!!
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    BeiS Rivkah is AWESOME!!!!

    tHEY REALLY WANTED THE GIRLS TO BE THERE TO LEARN BUT MADE THE RIGHT DECISION FOR THEIR SAFETY…

    Mother
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    Mother

    I kept my kids home as I felt it wasn’t safe for them to go to school before it was canceled. I was not going to allow kids in a bus on such slippery roads. I didn’t let my kids that walk go as I felt it just wasn’t safe . I was glad BR closed at least they didn’t miss school. I kept my boys home too. Each parent needs to be responsible and asses the situation themselves. My high school daughter was on the way out when we got the call, she decided on her own that she… Read more »

    upset parent
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    upset parent

    WHY do little kids (or even big ones for that matter) have to go out b’mesiras nefesh in a snowstorm?? what are we trying to prove?? In manhattan, mygrandsons class had a conference call with his rebbe bec. rabbaim couldnt make it in in snowstorm! the children knew at 10.00 oclock they learn on the phone..this is the 21 century after all..its not a mitzva to mutcheh zich!!

    Ohelei Torah
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    Ohelei Torah

    Why was ot the only preschool that was closed on Friday! When every other school was open! And it eas safe!!!

    bnos menachem
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    bnos menachem

    e/o showed up and there was a regular full morning of school
    including the tzivos hashem web rally
    there was a panic that by afternoon it would b even more unsafe to travel so they had 12:30 dismissal

    thank you!!!
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    thank you!!!

    thanks BR for canceling school!! i didnt walk out yet but thanks anyhow!

    I spot........
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    I spot........

    I spot MUSHKA BLUM!!!! AAHHH miss u soo much!! from the best sis!

    Snowblower Man
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    Snowblower Man

    Thank you to the kind young man from the Jewish Children’s Museum who went beyond the call of duty and cleared with his snow blower a nice long clear path on Eastern Parkway going from Kingston Ave. all the way down to Albany Ave. Yasher Koach- Tizkeh L’mitzvos- Kol Hakovod!!

    do you want closed schools ?
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    do you want closed schools ?

    If you try to keep schools open than you delay your desicion as late as you can. That the right thing to do. Yes its hard but what is better to always close right away ? People stop complaining about everything start doing something with yourself.

    BRHS
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    BRHS

    ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    From Pittsburgh
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    From Pittsburgh

    In Pittsburgh neither Yeshiva nor Hillel follows the public schools, and both schools have automated calling systems that let each household know when there is a change. It’s pretty efficient.

    Thank you Bais Rivkah!
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    Thank you Bais Rivkah!

    I dont think anyone realizes the desicion BR had to make, so plx dont blame them about anything. they should only be praised for really caring about the student’s safety.

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