NYC Public Schools Excusing Students Who Plan On Participating In Upcoming Climate Strike

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September 12, 2019 4:32 PM ET

New York’s public schools announced Thursday afternoon that they will excuse students who plan on attending various climate strikes throughout the city.

“@NYCschools will excuse absences of students participating in the #ClimateStrike on Friday 9/20,” the NYC Public School’s Twitter account notes. “Students will need parental consent. Younger students can only leave school with a parent.”

“We applaud our students when they raise their voices in a safe and respectful manner on issues that matter to them,” the account adds. “Young people around the world are joining the #ClimateStrike this week—showing that student action will lead us forward.”

The school account retweeted Mayor Bill de Blasio, who posted a tweet Thursday morning announcing the decision.(RELATED: ‘Worst Mayor Ever’: Protesters Drown Out Bill De Blasio At His Own Climate Change Event)

The New York Democrat published a tweet earlier in the day praising kids who wish to give up a day to protest climate change.

Washington, DC – April 29, 2017: Thousands of people attend the People’s Climate March to stand up against climate change. (Nicole S Glass/Shutterstock)
Washington, DC – April 29, 2017: Thousands of people attend the People’s Climate March to stand up against climate change. (Nicole S Glass/Shutterstock)

“We have ten years to save the planet. TEN YEARS. Today’s leaders are making decisions for our environment that our kids will have to live with,” said de Blasio, who is one of roughly 20 Democrats running for president.

Activists with a group called ActionNetwork helped kickstart the the so-called climate strike, which is scheduled to take place Sept. 20 through the 27th.

“Scientists say we have 10 years to stop the climate crisis,” ActionNetwork noted in a statement on its website, mirroring the point de Blasio made in his tweet. “And yet, for the last 40 years, our political leaders have done almost nothing to protect our generation’s future.”

De Blasio has not responded to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment about whether the mayor plans on attending one of the strikes.

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September 15, 2019 6:15 pm

Which climate?

Reply to  Karabar
September 15, 2019 8:26 pm

Which Scientists?

“Scientists say we have 10 years to stop the climate crisis,”

Ron Long
Reply to  Roger Surf
September 16, 2019 3:45 am

Which Public Schools?

Every State has laws governing mandatory school attendance, usually up to finish of High School or age 18, how does De Blasio issue waivers to State Law?

Reply to  Ron Long
September 16, 2019 4:11 am


Good point. “All states recognize truancy as criminal behavior. Truancy is considered a status offense – an act that is a crime due to the age of the offender”.

Bryan A
Reply to  RStabb
September 16, 2019 2:21 pm

If I were a teacher there I would hold a tests during that week that accounted for 50% of the course score. Must be in your seat on those days testing or passing the course would not be possible. (without doing 110% of the remaining work flawlessly for a “D”
5 days, 5 tests each one accounts for 10% of the total passing grade.

Reply to  Ron Long
September 16, 2019 8:42 am

It’s laughable.

NYC students protesting?
They’re just preaching to the choir.
But hey, make my day and further disrupt an already dysfunctional leftist city

Reply to  Roger Surf
September 17, 2019 3:10 am

I think he means that renowned scientist, AOC. However, even she gave the world 12 years and its only been a few months since she made that declaration.

Sweet Old Bob
September 15, 2019 6:26 pm

May it rain severely on their “parade” !

CD in Wisconsin
Reply to  Sweet Old Bob
September 15, 2019 7:04 pm

Doesn’t sound as though it’s going to happen Bob. The National Weather Service’s forecast for NYC next Friday is for sunshine and a high of about 75.

Of course, that might change between now and next Friday.

Bryan A
Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
September 15, 2019 9:32 pm

Average climatic conditions

Bryan A
Reply to  Sweet Old Bob
September 15, 2019 9:30 pm

In unextreme amounts

September 15, 2019 6:27 pm

Scientists do not say we have ten years to save the planet.
Source: Dr. Myles Allen.(“Why Protestors should be wary of 12 years to climate breakdown rhetoric”,The Conversation,April 19,2019).
Nor do we have 18 months, or any other arbitrarily nominated date.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Herbert
September 15, 2019 7:02 pm

I’m pretty certain we do have only 10 years to save the climate. That’s what they’ve been telling us for 30 years now, so at least the story is consistent!

Don’t worry, in ten years we’ll still have only 10 years to save the climate. We still won’t know what from, either, but at least we’ll know how. Just pay them lots of money, and the climate will be saved.

Is a bit like fusion being 20 years away, for the last 50 years, except nobody can find a way to make you give them money for that one…

Reply to  Herbert
September 16, 2019 8:46 am
Reply to  Herbert
September 16, 2019 2:12 pm

All of these shrill assertions of arbitrary time frames are calls to panic. Anyone telling you to panic is trying to control you, it’s a message that says “don’t think, do as I say now”.

In certain situations that humans have encountered during their evolution this has proved quite useful. For instance, if there is a predator nearby or an out of control fire. Panicing, in the short term, can save your life. But, this response can be (and is) abused to get people to take actions that are against their interests.

Reply to  MarkH
September 17, 2019 3:20 am

It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance. Thomas Sowell

There seem to be many people in this world who desire to make certain our young never acquire that knowledge.

Reply to  KcTaz
September 17, 2019 3:52 am

In my youth, we were protesting soldiers coming home in body bags. My, how times have changed.

September 15, 2019 6:38 pm

Why not do the protest on the weekend ?

That way we could see how many students just want a day of school !

Craig from Oz
Reply to  fred250
September 15, 2019 7:31 pm

I believe it was Delingpole who made this quip after one of the UK spoilt child events;

“What do we want? Climate Action!
When do we want it? During Double Maths!”

michael hart
Reply to  Craig from Oz
September 15, 2019 11:03 pm

Ironically, those attending the protests are clearly those most in need of extra maths and real sciences.

Reply to  michael hart
September 16, 2019 6:41 am

These “educators” get dumber and uglier every day. They don’t have a leg to stand on when it comes to “science.” AGW and transgender pretty much shoot “science” to hell.

Hope it rains like stink on Friday…

Craig from Oz
Reply to  fred250
September 15, 2019 7:33 pm

Oppps – research first, then make post…

Seems it was Rob Liddle made the ‘double maths’ joke.

Reply to  Craig from Oz
September 16, 2019 3:28 am

Rod Liddle

Reply to  fred250
September 15, 2019 8:36 pm

who is going the check whether they waste their time going on a boring “march” or just go round to their mate’s house, smoke pot and play Minecraft all day?

Reply to  Greg
September 16, 2019 6:44 am

The teachers will be there to take attendance.

September 15, 2019 6:40 pm

They should give up their “snow days” in return!

September 15, 2019 6:50 pm

“Mike’s Minute: Kids’ climate change protest nothing but hot air”
Author: Mike Hosking
Publish Date:Friday, 24 May 2019…/mikes-minute-kids…/

Reply to  RonS
September 16, 2019 7:07 am
September 15, 2019 7:13 pm

Missing out on a day of school to attend climate strikes throughout the city of New York will just add to and worsen the knowledge of these students about scientific facts and methods and increase their confusion about reality. Rallying at the weekend would have been out of the question, though, I suppose.

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
September 16, 2019 7:08 am

Missing out on a day of school to attend climate strikes throughout the city of New York will just add to and worsen the knowledge of ….

No it won’t.

Give the kids the whole week off and it won’t matter one iota.

John Sandhofner
September 15, 2019 7:16 pm

Nothing significant can be accomplished in 10 years. Not enough to stop global warming, if you believe their models. If you really believe the hype you might be better off just making the best of what remains of your life. Let the rest of us enjoy life well into the future without the continual apocalyptic ranting.

Jim Veenbaas
September 15, 2019 7:24 pm

Not much of a statement if kids are given the day off. Geez, the western world is a mess right now. We enjoy the highest standard of living for any human’s in existence and people are doing their damdest to throw it away.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Jim Veenbaas
September 15, 2019 10:01 pm

“standard of living for any human’s in existence”

Human’s what? Oh, humans.

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
September 15, 2019 7:27 pm

Yet another Education Department that is derelict in its obligations to society, parents and students.

Reply to  Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
September 16, 2019 3:24 am

sth aus is also allowing the brats to go to their miseryfests too
but then the home of JuLiar the NAPLAN antieducation queen,
aussies answer to Cali, the state of fruit n nuts

300 Ex Reb loons turned up in Melbourne 36 got booked;-)
only 200 tuned up in washington to hear the griping Greta thing

September 15, 2019 7:29 pm

Climate change, huh. Not anthropogenic. Not catastrophic. Just evolution (i.e. chaos) or normal. When at first you begin to omit qualifying labels.

September 15, 2019 7:30 pm

Classes excused for mandatory state sponsored religious events…
What do ya know the high priestess ( only 11 years left of life on the planet) will be there..

William Haas
September 15, 2019 7:44 pm

If the students were appropriately educasted, they would that what they got in general science regarding climate change was pure propaganda. The reality is that true climate change which has been going on for eons, takes place so slowly that it requires networks of very sophisticated sensors, decades to even detect it. We must not mix up true climate change with weather cycles that are part of the current climate. Based on the paleoclimate record and the work done with models, the climate change we are experiencing today is caused by the sun and the oceans over which mankind has no control. Despite the hype, there is no real evidence the CO2 has any effect on climate and there is plenty of scientific rational that the climate sensitivity of CO2 is zero. The AGW conjecture may seem plausible at first but upon closer inspection, someone with sufficient science education will find that the AGW conjecture is full of holes. For example, the AGW conjecture depends upon the existence of a radiant greenhouse effect caused by trace gases in the Earth’s atmosphere with LWIR absorption bands. The AGW conjecture ignores the fact that good absorbers are also good radiators and that heat energy transfer by convection dominates over heat transfer by LWIR absorption band radiation in the troposphere. The radiant greenhouse effect has not been observed in a real greenhouse, in the Earth’s atmosphere or anywhere else in the solar system. The radiant greenhouse effect is science fiction so hence the AGW conjecture is science fiction as well.

Walter Sobchak
Reply to  William Haas
September 15, 2019 7:56 pm

Reasonable arguments will not deflect the minds of those who are this deluded.

Reply to  William Haas
September 16, 2019 6:42 am

It tells alot about the ‘science’ teachers.

Walter Sobchak
September 15, 2019 7:55 pm

“Scientists say we have 10 years to stop the climate crisis”

6 months ago, AOC told us we had 12 years. So in climate change math 3 months = 1 year, therefore 10 years is 30 months. So, the world will come to an end in March of 2022. In that case there really is nothing to do but drink all the good booze I had been saving.

September 15, 2019 8:12 pm

Employ a teenager today while they still know everything.

Sadly any of these gullables will become even worse than the current batch of teachers.

Reply to  AndrewWA
September 15, 2019 9:22 pm

Most of the teachers weren’t too bright either.

September 15, 2019 8:16 pm

The climate changes, but there is no evidence that it’s a progressive (i.e. monotonic) process. There are hypotheses (“models”) to predict its character, but they have demonstrated no skill to hindcast, let alone forecast, without tuning to reach a consensus with reality. It would be juvenile to change for its own sake.

Clarky of Oz
September 15, 2019 8:27 pm

A list of schools involved in “Climate Strikes” courtesy of Wikipedia.

No idea if it complete but no sign of any Beijing schools.

Reply to  Clarky of Oz
September 16, 2019 7:33 am

That was an interesting list, Clarky.

The three most recent entries were:

30 August 2019 – United States – New York – Hundreds
In presence of Greta Thunberg, outside the Headquarters of the United Nations

6 September 2019 – United States – New York – Hundreds
In presence of Greta Thunberg, outside the Headquarters of the United Nations

13 September 2019 – United States – Washington, DC – Hundreds
In presence of Greta Thunberg, outside the White House
Okey-dokey. Not much of a turnout for St. Greta.

I think the kids should take a page from Extinction Rebellion and glue themselves to their chairs in the classroom… on a Friday. That may work out for some parents as they realize, “Hey, honey! The kids will be gone this weekend. What say we take a trip to Atlantic City, do a bit of gambling and take in a show?”

Dennis G Sandberg
September 15, 2019 8:59 pm

Shame on the teachers in our public schools and our elected and appointed government officials. Most of them may be democrats but they’re not all stupid. Surely at least 10% of them have studied the climate issues and understand that wind and solar is a unworkable solution for a non-existent climate emergency. They’re silence could lead to our financial ruin.

Patrick MJD
September 15, 2019 10:07 pm

If my step-daughter comes home with any hint of such “school” driven strike action, I will be right there the next day discussing with the school head why I was not asked permission for the school to involve my child in such action because they always ask permission for everything else, especially if it is outside school grounds/time.

Won’t happen on my watch!

Joel O'Bryan
September 15, 2019 10:30 pm

The public schools of NYC are merely a Yobs program for unionized teachers anyway. So why should anyone be surprised at a day off with pay given by a Socialist Mayor for unionized teachers?
It’s not about the kids. As long as they are brainwashed to believe bullshit leftist ideas…. who cares?

And just another reason why the Elites send their kids to Private schools.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
September 16, 2019 12:04 am

Got it in one, go to the top of the class! It’s ALL about manipulation& control. Was it not Orwllian philosophy that he who controls the present controls the past, & he whocontrols the past controls the future? Or something like that anyway, the principle is the same!

michael hart
September 15, 2019 11:30 pm

I wonder if students will also be getting a day off if they choose to protest about Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or the Federal Budget Deficit?

Better still, those students might care to take their day off and spend it rectifying the falling vaccination rates against communicable diseases in New York schools. And those teachers also thinking of skiving-off should consider what a poor job they are doing communicating to their students that vaccinations are a State requirement.

Rod Evans
September 16, 2019 4:00 am

Assembly at NY High
Right boys and girls and those not quite sure, Mr, Sandles the Green enviro-mental master has an announcement to make. Mr Sandles….
“I would like to inform you all of an opportunity to skip school and take part in a public display of skipping school, next Friday. You will be required to carry a makeshift banner along the lines we have spoken about “Ten More Years” or “Green is Great” “Trump is a Chump” that sort of thing.
Those who attend will receive a double AA grade for enviro studies, anyone not wanting to attend the outing may come to normal class here at school, where Latin and Math differentiation studies will be available provided by Mr Hard”.

September 16, 2019 4:51 am

Got it. De Blasio is aiding and abetting truancy for political gain.

Mark Broderick
September 16, 2019 5:33 am

So, if Conservative or Republican kids want to “strike” because of the liberal socialist push for the GND, will that be allowed ?

Joel Snider
September 16, 2019 7:53 am

Gee – by my measure, these are public teachers pushing a political message, and should be fired.

September 16, 2019 9:02 am

Students and teachers interested in science and the scientific method will be pleased. Should be more of it getting rid of the Gretas as much as possible.

September 16, 2019 9:06 am

We ARE changing. We are becoming more and more stupid, dependent and without thought. I’m guessing that’s not what the loser with the sign means…..Or may it is.

a right-minded lefty
September 16, 2019 9:54 am
Bruce Cobb
September 16, 2019 9:58 am

In an unusual development, for those choosing NOT to attend the climate “strike”, their names will go on a special list for “special” treatment later. Teachers even now are getting their big red buttons ready.

September 16, 2019 10:54 am

Last year our local school district decided to support those students who wanted to protest gun violence.

Instead of simply excusing those who decided to walk-out, the school decided that all students would be required to walk out so that teachers could supervise them. They notified all students and parents that attempts to remain in class would not be tolerated, and any student attempting to do so would be subject to disciplinary action.

All student protests are equal, some are just more equal than others

September 16, 2019 11:12 am

Q: The climate in changing; why aren’t we?

A: You are, but you’re too ignorant and young to know it.

September 16, 2019 12:24 pm

If I were in high school, I would be a lot more concerned over the $22,000,000,000 (and growing) debt that’s been piled onto my generation than a degree or so of added temperature to the climate.

September 16, 2019 3:22 pm

… another testament to the dreadful state of public schools.

School teachers are climate-reality dumb.
School administrators are climate-reality dumb.
School students are climate-reality dumb.

… all enabled by climate-reality-dumb city leaders.

Better idea: Don’t strike — just close down the schools, and declare a holiday dedicated to climate-reality dumbness. Make it a street fest, with clowns and musicians and food and beer. Never mind education. Let’s just parteh! … Whoohoo!!

Gunga Din
September 16, 2019 3:35 pm

We only had 10 or 12 years to “save the planet” 30 or so years ago. (You know, until around the time that they said the North Pole would be ice free.)

Edward Katz
September 16, 2019 6:29 pm

If these kids are so concerned about climate inaction, why don’t they do their demonstrating after school, on weekends, and holidays?

September 16, 2019 6:39 pm

These uninformed climate justice worriers time would be better spent cleaning up the litter along their march route. Make it special, plant some trees to suck up some of the CO2 they know nothing about.
After that, heavy detention for truancy, and homework on the IPCC report.

Gunga Din
September 16, 2019 7:02 pm

I suspect that letting kids out of school to protest (whatever) who don’t want to be in school anyway is cheaper than busing in the usual paid protesters to protest (whatever).

September 17, 2019 3:08 am

“The New York Democrat published a tweet earlier in the day praising kids who wish to give up a day to protest climate change.

Praising kids who give up a day of school? I guess the Mayor was born an adult. I’ve never met a kid who was not thrilled to give up a day at school.

Everyone talks about leaving a better planet for our kids, maybe we should leave better kids for our planet… because the way things are going, the ones coming up are going to destroy it, hearing about manipulated data and accepting it like “gospel” and not questioning it.
@Trismos on Twitter

John Pickens
September 17, 2019 11:40 am

The NYC public schools budget for 2019 is $34 Billion Dollars.
The school leaders just announced a day off for the climate protest.
There are 180 days in the NYC public school year.
$34 Billion / 180 days = $189 MILLION dollars.

Nice work if you can get it, just make an announcement, and flush nearly $200 Million dollars down the drain.

Jeff Mitchell
September 18, 2019 4:47 pm

It’s not much of a strike if they give you permission to do so. The point of a strike is to disrupt an organization enough that they’ll make this or that change. After this ‘strike’ nothing will change. It is just theater.

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