We have a long, long way to go in this school year, and we didn't see our last major winter storm until the end of March last year. There's already inclement weather in the forecast for Thursday and Friday of the upcoming week with a mixed bag of precipitation forecast to fall. It's conceivable that some smaller districts in some areas of the state will have several days out of school. Plus, make-up days are famous for low attendance and high student apathy.
Perhaps Bennett would have seen things the same way as Ritz in this unusual set of circumstances, but one just don't know for sure. His words in office say that he would have likely disagreed with Ritz. He made it clear from the beginning of his time in office that he was no fan of waivers even going so far as to tell districts not to even bother to apply for them after the great ice storm of 2011.
Whatever the case, this seeming shift in DOE policy under Ritz seems to signal again that there's a new sheriff in town.