When I was a kid, I missed exactly ZERO days of school due to inclement weather. Not that we didn’t have snowstorms, we just didn’t get the day off to deal with them. My parents, being from Northern Ontario, didn’t see a little snow and wind as any reason to keep us home from school if the school board didn’t see the need. So, even on the worst days, I would grab my best friend and force her to walk the 2 km (through a corn field!) to a school that had MAYBE 30 kids there. Our school board often cancelled buses, but never closed the schools.
During university, we had one day where school was cancelled. That was due to an ice storm, which made driving impossible. The bummer was that the ice-encrusted power lines also made the power go out for two days, which was really cold and unpleasant.
During my first few years of full-time work in Toronto, we had lots of snowstorms, but I don’t recall even one snow day. Not one.
THEN, I moved to my current job (not in Toronto) and it’s been a snow day paradise. If I don’t get at least 2 snow days a year, I feel completely ripped off. A couple of things happened to bring me this glorious state:
1. (this is sad) A teacher from a neighbouring school board was killed in a car crash when trying to get into work on a day when buses were cancelled but the schools were open; most of the school boards then took a no buses=no school policy.
2. The university where I work had an interim VP Administration who “had better things to do” than make decisions about snow days, so he decided that if the school board closed, so did we. So, now we all benefited from the more lenient school board policy.
We haven’t had a snow day yet (the last snowstorm happened on a Sunday), but they’re calling for a whopper of a storm to hit in the early morning hours tomorrow, just in time to make a big mess for rush hour. Folks around here are taking bets on when/if the snow day will be called. I’ll be watching the Weather Channel obsessively, hoping that the storm doesn’t fall flat.
I think the only thing better than a snow day on a Monday is a snow day on a Friday. Of course, there was that year when we had three snow days in a row. That, was awesome.