New York City public schools are open despite the accumulation of as much as nine inches of snow. Meanwhile, a number of private/parochial schools are closed today.

Cathleen Black, chancellor of NYC Schools, made the announcement early in the morning through a press release.

As a result, numerous New York students had to struggle through the snow early this morning, in many cases making their journey before the streets were completely plowed.

Moreover, after-school programs and sports games sponsored through the City's Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) will proceed as scheduled.

It seems the snow has succeeded in persuading chancellor Black to cancel only one thing today: field trips.

Black's press release noted that New York Public schools have been closed only six times since 1978 for a total loss of eight educational days.