ITHACA, N.Y.—The question that has hung over the heads of students in snowy states has been answered, at least temporarily, in Ithaca: snow days still exist.

Ithaca City School District will not be in session on Dec. 17, a result of the impending snow storm that is projected to dump up to a foot of snow on parts of Tompkins County tonight. Though about half of the district’s population is learning virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic—and all of them are online until early January—the school district said that students would still have a true day off.

Though this is the first tangible example of the year, the district already announced that it will be retaining its previous snow day policy: instruction both in-school and virtual, at-home classes are both canceled if the district announces a snow day. However, meal delivery programs are suspended on those days, meaning there will be no meal delivery on Dec. 17, for instance.

Matt Butler is the Editor in Chief of The Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at