QUOTE(Aeolienne @ Dec 27 2010, 10:56 AM)
There were never any "snow days" in my time. Even during the prolonged cold snap of 1987, when our school was being rebuilt and we had lessons in portacabins, I never missed a day of school.
I think this depends on the area, Aeolienne.
I was at school around the same time as you, and both my primary and secondary schools did tend to close in heavy snow. Whilst my primary school was only around 4 miles away (if you took the shortcut across the fields - it was 5 miles by road), I don't think childen as young as 5 should have been expected to walk that kind of distance through several inches of snow which was often deeper where it had drifted (and I'm talking about hidden drifts which could be a deep as a child was tall). My secondary school was 15 miles away, and it's catchment area had a diameter of around 35-40 miles. In heavy snow, the only way in or out of our village was on foot - and it was the same for lots of other villages in the area. Sometimes one of the farmers would manage to clear a bit of the road - but the snow tended to just drift again so the road was never passable for long. People were prepared for such weather - you always made sure you had enough supplies (including things like dried milk, camping gas stoves, spare fuel etc) to last if you ended up stuck in the village for several days.