From the NY Times:
The vision of thousands of students spending the week out of school but still in close proximity was not exactly what city officials had in mind. Marge Feinberg, a spokeswoman for the Department of Education, said they had hoped that students whose schools were closed would stay at home.
“We really are encouraging them to keep up with their schoolwork,” Ms. Feinberg said. “We hope that they follow the curriculum that we’re providing.”
That curriculum, posted on the department’s Web site, is divided by grade level and provides 80 pages of material for each student to read.
First graders, the curriculum suggests, could watch “educational” television programs like “Clifford the Big Red Dog” on PBS. Eighth graders were prodded to write “a letter to President Obama about a topic that interests you,” or “ short story, poem, or lyrics to a song.”
“Even though your school is closed, you can use this time to continue learning,” the document said.