Closing school or staying open for the Lunar New Year will soon be in the hands of city officials.
Under a new law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday, the city must consider closing schools if a holiday is likely to result in a considerable number of student absences.
Officials say schools in neighborhoods with high populations of Asian-American students see a high number of absences during the Lunar New Year.
"It reflects that the changing city values our increasing diversity, values our Asian-American population and values the fact that as we change, the city, the bureaucracy, the calendar will change with our community," said state Senator Daniel Squadron, whose district covers parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Currently, students who celebrate the Lunar New Year receive an excused absence, which goes on their record.
This year's holiday falls on February 19, when schools will already be closed for winter recess.