02-04-2010, 06:42 PM
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A lot of school districts have started to cancel classes for tomorrow in my area, due to the heavy snow we're supposed to get (around two feet or so).
For what it's worth, I want to echo what briang said. It could save lives.
That, plus consider some other things: many school districts have bad weather days built into their school calendars. When I was in school, we had five days' worth of bad weather built in, and if school got canceled more than five days in a particular year, we had to make up the time by extending the school year or even the school day to make up for it.
Another thing is that places further south that don't usually get a lot of snow are typically ill-equipped to handle it. Not only are people not used to driving in it, they may not have things like snow chains. Four inches of snow in Virginia is a lot more than two feet of snow in Buffalo because they're used to it in Buffalo and have the budgetary, human and mechanical resources to handle it. Fleets of trucks with plows, snow blowers and all that.
My university rarely closed down due to bad winter weather, even when every other school in the area was closed. The reason for this is that our president comes from the Chicago area and generally had an attitude of, "I don't get all the fuss." His inaction resulted in several injuries on campus one day after an ice storm, so maybe he's changed his mind a bit.