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I have a theory that every city subject to snow is willing to be routinely shut down about two or three days a year.

I've lived in four Canadian cities and I don't remember this being the case for any of them. Certainly none ... that the subway was badly affected. Or perhaps Richard has some other meaning of "shut down" in mind.

No, not expected to go to work pretty much covers what I meant. This could well be a cultural difference between Canada and the U.S. Does the snow never get to the point that the ploughs are overwhelmed? For that matter, in some parts of the U.S. in severe snow conditions it can be illegal for non-essential personel to be on the road, so that the ploughs can do their job. What do you guys do when you get half an inch of ice over everything?
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I've lived in four Canadian cities and I don't remember ... Richard has some other meaning of "shut down" in mind.

No, not expected to go to work pretty much covers what I meant. This could well be a cultural difference between Canada and the U.S.

One of the childhood rituals when I was a kid was listening to the radio in the morning after (or during) a heavy snowstorm for the list of schools that were closed that day. Hoping, of course, that yours would be among them. Such days were called "snow days", as were the days added onto the end of the schedule in the spring to compensate.

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One of the childhood rituals when I was a kid was listening to the radio in the morning after (or ... were called "snow days", as were the days added onto the end of the schedule in the spring to compensate.

We are familiar with this via the Simpsons, and I think it happens in the UK now. But when I was at school there were no local radio stations. BBC Radio Leicester started in 1967, followed by a few more BBC local stations in 1970 (none of them local to me in my small Midlands town). Commercial local radio started in 1973

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One of the childhood rituals when I was a kid ... the end of the schedule in the spring to compensate.

We are familiar with this via the Simpsons, and I think it happens in the UK now. But when I ... stations in 1970 (none of them local to me in my small Midlands town). Commercial local radio started in 1973

There was heavy snow on the day that I was supposed to take the 11+ exam, and my father, and a couple of other parents, dug out a path for us to walk to school. The exam was cancelled, because it was thought that some children in more remote Derbyshire villages might not be able to get to school. That is the only day that I know of that school was cancelled. Once, when I was at grammar school six miles away, we couldn't get to school because the fog was too thick for the bus to get there safely.
Those are the only occasions that I can recall (actually, I don't really remember the 11+ exam snowstorm, but my mother told the story often enough) school being affected by the weather.

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We are familiar with this via the Simpsons, and I ... my small Midlands town). Commercial local radio started in 1973

There was heavy snow on the day that I was supposed to take the 11+ exam, and my father, and ... really remember the 11+ exam snowstorm, but my mother told the story often enough) school being affected by the weather.

We lost two days of Grammar School in seven years, if my memory is correct. It wasn't that the school was snowed in, but many of the pupils and teachers lived in outlying villages; the buses and cars couldn't get through. I think this must have been 1969. I walked the mile and a half to school as usual, but was turned around when I got there.
Son missed a day of sixth form college last week because of snow - the bus didn't turn up. Apparently the college was open but most of the buses weren't running.

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There was heavy snow on the day that I was ... the story often enough) school being affected by the weather.

We lost two days of Grammar School in seven years, if my memory is correct. It wasn't that the school ... of snow - the bus didn't turn up. Apparently the college was open but most of the buses weren't running.

Up until I went to grammar school, I walked to school. Here in Connecticut, though, even the smallest schoolchildren may have to come by bus - my son took the bus when he started Kindergarten (we moved closer to his school soon after). School is cancelled here whenever the buses have a problem. I remember one time that school was cancelled because some of the buses wouldn't start. That was a popular move.

My children both went to boarding schools for high school, and so missed out on snowdays. My daughter was very happy therefore last week, when American University cancelled classes because of snow.

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Son missed a day of sixth form college last week ... college was open but most of the buses weren't running.

Up until I went to grammar school, I walked to school. Here in Connecticut, though, even the smallest schoolchildren may ... missed out on snowdays. My daughter was very happy therefore last week, when American University cancelled classes because of snow.

Son's sixth form college is in the next town - about 10 miles away through Cheshire - it's not really walkable.
I meant to say - days lost from school for snow, teachers strikes or (in my time) bomb threats in the UK are not added on later in the year. When it's gone, it's gone. Summer hols are only 5 - 6 weeks so family plans of pupils and teachers would be severely disrupted by changes.

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Up until I went to grammar school, I walked to ... last week, when American University cancelled classes because of snow.

Son's sixth form college is in the next town - about 10 miles away through Cheshire - it's not really ... hols are only 5 - 6 weeks so family plans of pupils and teachers would be severely disrupted by changes.

My sister-in-law is a teacher in Nottinghamshore, and their school recently lost a week because of a problem with the heating system. I asked her if that would have to be made up with extra days at the end of the year, and she just laughed at me.
I don't think any useful purpose is served by adding days on the end of the year, as is done here. One year, when my children were in middle school, the April vacation had to be cancelled to make up days. Many children didn't come in, as their families already had plans which couldn't be changed, and the children who did come in didn't do any routine work.
When the days are made up, they are supposed to be treated as the days which were missed: if you miss a Monday, you have have Monday's classes on the replacement day, even if it's a Tuesday. One time, a teacher who had transferred to another school had to come back at the end of the school year, to teach a day that was missed.
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When the days are made up, they are supposed to be treated as the days which were missed: if you ... another school had to come back at the end of the school year, to teach a day that was missed.

Wife teaches at a (different) sixth form college, whose Principal seems to be a little crazy. For the last two years, the college year has started a week or 10 days before August 31st (although there is no teaching until the first days of September), which is the date to which teachers are employed. So any teachers who "leave" the college in early July to go to another school in September have to return for a week at the end of August to prepare to teach lessons for which they would not be there.

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