Our state allows a certain number of calamity days (snow days, but could also be used for tornadoes, floods, the Rapture, etc.). If the schools use more than the allotted number, then they have to make up the time later in the school year, even into (GASP!) the summer vacation.
So, the concept of the two-hour delay was invented. Schools use this pretty regularly when there is visible snow somewhere in the county. The two-hour delay doesn't count as a calamity day, because school does actually occur that day, but the students miss the first two or three classes of the day. Apparently, Son is less in need of Social Studies and Algebra than Gym and Lunch.
Yesterday, our school district was the only one in the county that had a two-hour delay. There was about a half inch of snow on the ground. I'm guessing the administration thought the roads would be worse than they were.
This morning, I checked a few minutes after 6:00 to see if there was a delay posted on the web. The web site told me that all delays would be posted by 6:00. There was not. However, when I left the house a few minutes later, the snow started coming down pretty heavily. The flurries hit right in the morning school bus window.
- Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody ever does anything about it.*
- Predicting the weather is hard.
*Except for global warming, but I don't think that's intentional..