Snow Days

@Catkin (480)
United States
January 17, 2007 12:20pm CST
If you live in an area that gets snow during so part of the year, or perhaps you did when you were going to school, do you get snow days? For anyone not sure what I mean, I mean days that school or work is delayed or canceled due to snow. Yesterday it snowed about 4 inches here, which doesn't sound like much, but it's more than we've had in a long time. ALL the other universities were closed today, except mine. Many of the professors and commuter students had problems coming to work, or extremely long commutes, so we're all wondering why schoolo wasn't just cancelled. If there's anyone from the Minnesota area or thereabouts, I'm sure you're going to think we're wimps for making such a fuss of 4 inches of snow, but what would it take for you guys to have school or work called off?
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@SarahEC (545)
• United States
17 Jan 07
I live in Ohio and we get school called off sometimes for 4 inches of snow. It depends on what condition the roads are, mostly, rather than how many inches. Sometimes if a big storm comes through right before the morning and the plows don't have time to get out, then school is called off, too. Other times, though, there is snow and snow and snow, but as long as the roads are plowed, then there is school.
@craftwave (1338)
• United States
17 Jan 07
I'm from Ohio too. Stark county as a matter of fact. And I remember my kids getting off because of how low the wind chill factor got. Thats when we lived in Alliance and most of the kids walked to school.
• Italy
17 Jan 07
uhh ohio! i know that there is a good donnuts!
@nickiy (40)
• United States
18 Jan 07
lol a snow day for 4 inches? i wish we had that.... i went to school in colorado and we NEVER got snow days, even when we had over 1 foot of snow....i lived in the mountains though so even if the schools and the city roads only had 1 foot, everyone in my neighborhood had like 18 inches.... if i couldnt make it to the end of my driveway because of the snow then i usually didnt go, but then i didnt go if there were elk in my driveway either (you know how scary those things are to a 15 year old from dallas texas? lol ) i also skipped for like a whole week when there was a bear and bobcat spotted in our neighborhood... (after the big wildfires that drove all the animals out...) but on the other hand my brother who is in school now and we live back in dallas, got a snow day today and there was less than 2 inches on the ground....so...it just depends on where you are....
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
17 Jan 07
I live in NE Ohio, and our school systems up here usually get 4 snow days allowed a year. Anything past that and they will extend the end of the school year more into June. We haven't needed any snow days yet this year...we haven't really had but a couple of days of snow (which is very unusual for us in the snowbelt here.) Whether the kids get a snow day or not more depends on the roads and if the road crews were able to keep up with snow removal. We had at least 4 inches yesterday (finally) and there were no schools closed here at all. We were getting 1/2 to one inch per hour. The only time anybody gets called off from work is when the freeways are impassible and they've closed them and don't allow travelling.
@misskatonic (3726)
• United States
17 Jan 07
Supposedly we had snow days when I went to school, but the head of the school board rarely called them. She'd let her own kids stay home, though. I remember one bad morning she slipped on ice and broke her leg and still didn't cancel school. There were a lot of complaints that year. The only time I remember a school sanctioned snow day was when we had over a foot of snow and the plows were snowed in.
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@Gohanick (50)
• United States
17 Jan 07
I have a funny story about a snowday. It had just snowed enough to have my school delayed this one day for 90 minutes. My bus is usually late, but I still got up 90 minutes later after sleeping in, but the bus didn't come. I waited about 15 minutes and the bus still didn't come so I decided to just take the day off since I couldn't get to school. It turned out my bus eventually did come, but about an hour and 20 minutes later ontop of the original 90.
• United States
17 Jan 07
ugh, sorry it double posted, the first time it didnt get to the tags page and I thought it didn't post
@Catkin (480)
• United States
18 Jan 07
It's alright, happens to the best of us. ;)
@djbtol (5497)
• United States
18 Jan 07
All schools in the area are allowed at least 5 snow days per year. Often times they are all used. This winter is mild so far, but days may still get used for foggy days.
@nw1911guy (1134)
• United States
18 Jan 07
Where are you? Never heard of foggy days being used as an excuse.lol
• United States
18 Jan 07
I have wondered several times why my children would be going to school when I myslef am having a hard time getting out of my own driveway. I called the school one time and asked them about it and they told me that since our children attend school year round they are limited to how many extra days they can have off a year so they try to attend class as much as possible. This may be true with your unitversity too. You have to have so many hours and they will not keep your university going longer each year just because of snow.
@Catkin (480)
• United States
18 Jan 07
Perhaps that is the case, but I have a feeling that they would just shorten our winter break a bit instead. It's 4 weeks long, so I think they could probably get away with cutting a few days out if necessary.
• India
18 Jan 07
to be honest I don't know how difficult the situation becomes when its snows becuase I have never experienced it..but the situation is similar to one when its rains heavily..u have water logging which makes traveling difficult..besides other difficulties..and most of us in such circumstances would think that why can't we just be at home..but life has to move on..thats my take on the issue..
• United States
18 Jan 07
ya there are lot of stories in the snow days.. its nice to read through..
@Brandi06 (2227)
• United States
18 Jan 07
yes we get snow here and i love snow as long as it don't do it all the time.
• United States
18 Jan 07
I did when growing up. Actually we got snow day's because it snowed so rarely that when it did noone knew how to drive in it and very difficult for our school buses to manuver in.
@DRoddy77 (1776)
• United States
18 Jan 07
When I was in school we had snow days all the time because we used to get A LOT of snow. Whenever the roads were too dangerous to drive on they would cancel school. I remember waking up really early to listen to the radio just hoping they would call my schools name as being cancelled, lol. So far this year, we havent gotten any snow besides a few light flurries!
• United States
18 Jan 07
I grew up in Chicago and when I was a kid we got a lot of snow (doesn't happen much anymore). I never got one snow day. Chicago schools don't close for anything, lol. I actually went to a Catholic school but the archdiocese's policy was we don't close unless every Chicago public school closes too, and then they would consider it. I remember one time we had about 6-8 inches over the night and school was only delayed by 15 minutes. My mom tried to drive us to school (I was about 10) and we got stuck in the snow turning a corner. Luckily some guy was out shoveling his sidewalk and helped dig us out. We were like a half hour late but we still went to school. In 13 years of schooling there were 2 days that were called on account of weather and that was my junior year of high school. And it wasn't for snow--it was for cold. The temperature was -40 degrees those two days and the windchill temp was -70 or something. It was just too dangerous to go outside and most of the city shut down. We live outside of Pittsburgh, PA, now and last year my daughter had 4 late start days because of snow. One time it was only 3" and I couldn't figure out how that needed a late start but they don't plow streets around here like they did in Chicago.
• United States
18 Jan 07
I agree that it is more about the condition of the roads. We are in Northern Indiana and havent taken any of the allotted snow days yet this year. However, I know of schools in Oklahoma that havent had school all week because of an ice storm they got last weekend!
• United States
18 Jan 07
When I lived in Massachusetts, USA we got a ton of snow days off. Usually it was just precautionary, it was weird. Sometimes they'd call school off and then there'd be only a couple of inches of snow. Now I go to school in Maine and we get a ton of snow (sometimes more than a foot) and we've never canceled school. Of course, Maine is more equipped to deal with the snow--they have a million plows (even some for the sidewalk, and I don't mean snowblowers I mean mini-plows). So it's usually not a big deal since I just walk to class anyway. It must be pretty rough for commuters, though. I wouldn't ever want to commute in a state like this.
@tw99384 (260)
• Jodhpur, India
18 Jan 07
I would love to live live in an area where it snows! You are so lucky, to be living there!
@jal1948 (1360)
• India
18 Jan 07
shooling should be the best part of ones lifeand no one should be thinking a holiday on thepretext of snow sometimes the working environment is not condusive to good health and we do long for a break.
@remaster74 (4065)
• Greece
18 Jan 07
I live in Greece in a town that doesn't get snow much in the winter. But I remember 3 years ago, it snowed too much and everything became critical. All transportations from the half of the country to Athens were councelled and school was off. We couldn't get to work and the damages to the nature and the city were important. Even some houses (old ones) had roofs collapsed due to the vast amount of snow on top of them.
@karlag (61)
• United States
18 Jan 07
I live in CT, where they calculate 5 days into the yearly calendar. If they don't use the days the kids get out a week earlier. Surprisingly, we have had no mentionable snow yet this year.
@ambuvs (100)
• India
18 Jan 07
yes. i like it.
@mahaneesh (297)
• India
18 Jan 07
Nope...where i live there only due to rainfall i got late...not snow.....!!!! BUt i feel its nice to live in place where snow fall happens right...!!!