“Today” anchor and meteorologist Al Roker criticized New York City on Tuesday for not giving students a day off as a winter storm continues to batter the Northeast, but instead for forcing a day of remote learning.

“Of course, here in New York City they didn’t cancel classes,” Roker said. “It’s remote. And the Department of Education is having all kinds of IT problems.”

“Give them the day off, people!” -He added, visibly agitated.

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“Today” show host Al Roker launched a tirade against the New York City government for refusing to give students a snow day as a winter storm continues to batter the Northeast. (Getty Images)

“Today” co-anchor Dylan Dreyer said he also heard about technical issues as a result of the snow from another anchor.

Show host Sheinelle Jones agreed that one problem with remote education is that “a lot of people don’t have parents who can be available.”

“Just a snow day. Give them a day off. Let them go to Central Park. Let’s go!” Roker said.

“All day of recess,” Dreyer added.

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Al Roker, left, talked about New York City having a remote learning day on Tuesday. (screenshot from NBC)

Fox 5 New York reported that public school students in the city were having trouble accessing remote learning programs on Tuesday.

“Before the storm, New York City public schools moved to remote learning during the day, but are experiencing technical issues with services that require IBM authentication to log in,” the outlet reported. “When teachers attempted to take roll call on Tuesday morning, they received an alert from IBM saying their request could not be processed.”

Fox 5 interviewed Chong Bretillon, a Queens mother who said she couldn’t log into a Zoom meeting for her elementary student.

“I spent almost an hour trying to log in and out,” Bretillon said. “Everyone is frustrated.”

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“We are doing everything we can to get it right and we have over 1 million students, teachers and users who have been able to log in as of this morning,” the school system posted. “We apologize to the families and staff who were affected by this and thank everyone for their patience.”

According to Fox 5, Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams said keeping students remote was important to “keep pace” with school requirements.

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“This is the right thing to do and it’s a great teaching moment for our kids,” Adams said.

By Sam