My kids have never had a snow day. Russian schools (at least in Moscow) don't close because of some snow. Ever.
But today the big news was that the elementary school is officially closed next week--for the whole week! Out of 19 kids in Katya's class, only SIX were present yesterday. Natalia's class usually has 11, and there were only five present!
Katya is thrilled, Natalia is NOT happy. With all the germs floating around school, they're both semi-sick, though... The enforced "time out" will do them good before they fly to Colorado later in the week.
My first thoughts, of course, were: "NO SCHOOL? DOES THIS ALSO APPLY TO THE HIGH SCHOOL?!!!"
Alas, no. Ugh. Especially since I'm still not 100% better and really vulnerable to the plethora of germs...
I bet most students in the USA don't realize that teachers love those unexpected snow days just as much as kids do...
Added later: This isn't because of swine flu; it's simply that teachers and kids are dropping like flies from nasty viruses!