New York City Allowing Students To Miss School For Climate Strike

Students Climate Change protest
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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York City schools are allowing more than 1 million students to skip class on Friday to take part in a massive climate change protest.

Students will not be punished if they miss school, so long as they have their parents’ permission to participate in this upcoming Friday's global youth climate strike.

High School students will be allowed to leave freely to participate while elementary school students will need to be accompanied by a parent.

While many lawmakers applauded the plan, saying it encouraged children and teens to become active in politics, Staten Island Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis isn’t on board.

She says letting students skip school is not smart policy by Mayor Bill de Blasio and that student’s school time could be better used actually learning.

“That they want to dedicate a day to climate change, then they should be dedicating a day of curriculum in the classroom, but not remove the children from the classroom and reduce their instruction time,” she said.

The protest was organized to coincide with the upcoming UN General Assembly. Students are hoping to draw attention to the global issue when leaders from all over the world congregate in Lower Manhattan.