Students, teachers marked tardy during storm

February 3, 2011 2:40:44 PM PST
There's trouble for students and teachers who arrived at school a few minutes tardy after trekking through Wednesday's ice storm, just to get there.

Punishment is being handed out at PS 30 Westerleigh on Staten Island.

Parent Janet Allocca-Brown says it just wasn't right.

Wednesday's ice storm was bad enough to make driving and walking treacherous.

But, it was not bad enough to close the New York City Public Schools.

The students and staff who arrived late to PS 30 after struggling through the streets got marked late.

A veteran staffer who asked not to be identified said Denise Spina, PS 30's principal, threatened to dock the teachers for lateness.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Education insisted Thursday that none of the tardy teachers will lose pay, but defended the principal's decision to mark the children late.

Some parents agreed with the principal's decision, others did not.

Second grader Evan Brown says he was late, but it wasn't his fault, his mom had to get the ice off of the car.