New York City public schools were open despite the snowfall yesterday, but classroom's were uncharacteristically empty for January. According to WNYC, just 47 percent of students attended school yesterday—the lowest attendance rate of the year. Average attendance for the month of January is about 90 percent. 

At 11 p.m. Tuesday night, Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced that schools would be open yesterday and ll extracurricular activities would continue as planned. Mayor de Blasio defended the move, arguing that the snow had slowed down by 10 p.m. "If we can make the school day work, by law, that's our obligation," he explained.

A lot of people (the majority, actually) were not interested in the mayor's logic:

[via The Daily Intelligencer and WNYC]