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(Slate)   As of now, the "snow day" is a thing of the past for schoolchildren   (slate.com) divider line
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3 days ago  
A LICKY BOOM BOOM DOWN

/wait
 
3 days ago  
They were all but nonexistent when I was going to school in the 80's.  Large school districts and Catholic schools closed down all the time, but mine almost never did.
 
3 days ago  
No, climate change will kill it for good.
 
3 days ago  
Those were entirely subjective to one moron in the first place. You could have a foot of snow overnight and be expected to be at school. You could have an inch and black ice everywhere and be expected to be in school
 
3 days ago  
When you live in actually habitable regions you don't get snow days regardless. Pro tip.
 
3 days ago  
Man, that's one sad ass "hill" to be sledding on.
 
3 days ago  

Esroc: When you live in actually habitable regions you don't get snow days regardless. Pro tip.


You mean like California and Oregon?
 
3 days ago  

Esroc: When you live in actually habitable regions you don't get snow days regardless. Pro tip.


Just hurricane or everything is on fire days. A snow day means I get to keep living in my house or appartment.
 
3 days ago  
Florida kids point and laugh at northerner kids.
"Not so smug now, with yer snowdays,!"
 
3 days ago  
Climate change results in weather patterns that are less predictable. So, while snow days might disappear in New York, the odds of freak snowfalls happening in, say, South Carolina will increase.
 
2 days ago  

Esroc: When you live in actually habitable regions you don't get snow days regardless. Pro tip.


Could you define "habitable region" and give some examples?

Because if getting some snow that makes travel dangerous (or at least inconvenient) makes a region uninhabitable, what do we say about areas that flood? That get hurricanes? Severe droughts? Wildfires? Earthquakes and/or Tsunamis? Tornadoes?  Smog? 120°F heat?

Seems like nature hates us everywhere we go. Hard to fault it for that...
 
2 days ago  
This is mostly true.  Except that power outages will still be a thing.
 
2 days ago  
What snow?

/ Ohio
// I remember it from when I was a kid
 
2 days ago  
I used to love snow days. Not just because we got the day off school, but also because I lived across the road from my school and I got to watch all the dumb kids who didn't listen to the news show up, find the doors locked, and then have to face the long walk home in the snow.
 
2 days ago  

durbnpoisn: This is mostly true.  Except that power outages will still be a thing.


Pfff.  When was the last time a large scale power outage happened in New York City?  Oh.
 
2 days ago  
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Put snow tires on yer truck & drive - or take yer sled to school.
Geesh, you citiots are more delicate than a snowman made of low-temp powder snow!
 
2 days ago  
I saw this coming years ago when the technology for telecommuting and teleschooling was widely available.
 
2 days ago  

kdawg7736: I saw this coming years ago when the technology for telecommuting and teleschooling was widely available.


This has been my primary argument against teleportation technology.  Everybody focuses on the existential nightmare that is destroying yourself and making a copy somewhere remote.  I say "whatever" to that.  But now I tell you that you will never have an excuse for being late to anything ever again, and you will never have another day off due to weather or car troubles.
 
2 days ago  

BeesNuts: durbnpoisn: This is mostly true.  Except that power outages will still be a thing.

Pfff.  When was the last time a large scale power outage happened in New York City?  Oh.


I mention that because we had a power outage here a few weeks ago that lasted over a full day.  Considering we've been living here for some 16 years, and never lost power for more than a few hours, that was a big deal.

Many people lose power for weeks at a time, so make no mistake, I feel very lucky to live in a place that has a strong, reliable grid.  But evidently, that might not always be the case.

Anyway...  When I said to my boss, "Should I take a day off?", his response was, "Yes, but don't put it in the system.  It's not your fault."  So I immediately chalked it up to a "snow day".

There really was a point behind my saying that.
 
2 days ago  
Is a Nuclear Winter still on the table?
I just feel they may shut down the schools for that.

Can any of our Best Korean Farkers chime in?
 
2 days ago  

kdawg7736: I saw this coming years ago when the technology for telecommuting and teleschooling was widely available.


Widely available doesn't mean universally available. Unless the school can guarantee everyone has the means, they can't just make students telecommute. If there's an ice storm and half the town loses power, they can't have an official school day and mark anyone without electricity absent.
 
2 days ago  
Much of the usa is in a zone where warmer weather means MORE heavy snow events.  More heat equals more moisture equals more snow if you can still get under 32, and a couple of degrees isn't going to move New York and many other places permanently above 32.
 
2 days ago  

exqqqme: Is a Nuclear Winter still on the table?
I just feel they may shut down the schools for that.

Can any of our Best Korean Farkers chime in?


Nope.  We have shown that we are *terrible* at adapting to fundamental changes in our environment with fundamental changes to our behavior.  Education will be sold as the individualist solution to the problems faced by the next generation after the Great Dying.  The focus will be on making sure you have the skills to perform the much needed tasks of rebuilding society (exactly as it was before).  It will be drilled into that generation's head that their work (without pay) is a personal investment in the future of the country and that Uncle Sam will honor that debt.

That debt will never be honored.
 
2 days ago  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: No, climate change will kill it for good.


Fire days!
 
2 days ago  

BeesNuts: kdawg7736: I saw this coming years ago when the technology for telecommuting and teleschooling was widely available. This has been my primary argument against teleportation technology.  Everybody focuses on the existential nightmare that is destroying yourself and making a copy somewhere remote.  I say "whatever" to that.  But now I tell you that you will never have an excuse for being late to anything ever again, and you will never have another day off due to weather or car troubles.



So would that be like living in a quantum existence?
Will we have to be in two places at the same time?
 
2 days ago  

BeesNuts: exqqqme: Is a Nuclear Winter still on the table?
I just feel they may shut down the schools for that.

Can any of our Best Korean Farkers chime in?

Nope.  We have shown that we are *terrible* at adapting to fundamental changes in our environment with fundamental changes to our behavior.  Education will be sold as the individualist solution to the problems faced by the next generation after the Great Dying.  The focus will be on making sure you have the skills to perform the much needed tasks of rebuilding society (exactly as it was before).  It will be drilled into that generation's head that their work (without pay) is a personal investment in the future of the country and that Uncle Sam will honor that debt.

That debt will never be honored.


If I'm not mistaken, you just described Communism.
 
2 days ago  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: No, climate change will kill it for good.


Flood days
 
2 days ago  

BeesNuts: kdawg7736: I saw this coming years ago when the technology for telecommuting and teleschooling was widely available.

This has been my primary argument against teleportation technology.  Everybody focuses on the existential nightmare that is destroying yourself and making a copy somewhere remote.  I say "whatever" to that.  But now I tell you that you will never have an excuse for being late to anything ever again, and you will never have another day off due to weather or car troubles.


The insect contamination issue also makes me nervous.
 
2 days ago  

eKonk: Esroc: When you live in actually habitable regions you don't get snow days regardless. Pro tip.

Could you define "habitable region" and give some examples?

Because if getting some snow that makes travel dangerous (or at least inconvenient) makes a region uninhabitable, what do we say about areas that flood? That get hurricanes? Severe droughts? Wildfires? Earthquakes and/or Tsunamis? Tornadoes?  Smog? 120°F heat?

Seems like nature hates us everywhere we go. Hard to fault it for that...


Shhh...let them feel better about their mortgage payment that costs three times as much as mine does.
 
2 days ago  

Esroc: When you live in actually habitable regions you don't get snow days regardless. Pro tip.


*rolls eyes* Alright boomer go ahead and tell us about your little lake house in Swampass, FL that's covered in fishing memorabilia and surrounded by mosquitos year-round or whatever it is you're gonna rant about.

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2 days ago  

DecemberNitro: Esroc: When you live in actually habitable regions you don't get snow days regardless. Pro tip.

*rolls eyes* Alright boomer go ahead and tell us about your little lake house in Swampass, FL that's covered in fishing memorabilia and surrounded by mosquitos year-round or whatever it is you're gonna rant about.

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That was clearly a joke you guys. Seek therapy. So many of you taking a harmless snide remark about geographic locals so personally isn't healthy.
 
2 days ago  
Yeah Maine has snow and cold for a good part of the year, but what it doesn't have is snakes and spiders that will kill me. And snowmobiles are fun.
 
2 days ago  

LaChanz: Esroc: When you live in actually habitable regions you don't get snow days regardless. Pro tip.

You mean like California and Oregon?


This just in from the Alabama and Florida coast:

Blub blub blub
 
2 days ago  

Esroc: DecemberNitro: Esroc: When you live in actually habitable regions you don't get snow days regardless. Pro tip.

*rolls eyes* Alright boomer go ahead and tell us about your little lake house in Swampass, FL that's covered in fishing memorabilia and surrounded by mosquitos year-round or whatever it is you're gonna rant about.

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That was clearly a joke you guys. Seek therapy. So many of you taking a harmless snide remark about geographic locals so personally isn't healthy.


Sorry, there's so many of those types on Fark it's hard to tell what is or isn't sarcasm. Plus I already have like six of those people in my life anyway and hearing that shiat regularly is irritating.
 
2 days ago  

AppleOptionEsc: Esroc: When you live in actually habitable regions you don't get snow days regardless. Pro tip.

Just hurricane or everything is on fire days. A snow day means I get to keep living in my house or appartment.


The only time we cancelled school was for major earthquakes, which there was only one event during my childhood(Northridge.. some schools may have closed for Whittier Narrows, but that was far more localized).  If the air quality was bad(from smog or fire), it just meant no PE
 
2 days ago  
In AK, snow days only happened when it was -459.67°F or there was 5,280 ft of snowfall per hour.

/Uphill, both ways.
 
2 days ago  

SuperChuck: kdawg7736: I saw this coming years ago when the technology for telecommuting and teleschooling was widely available.

Widely available doesn't mean universally available. Unless the school can guarantee everyone has the means, they can't just make students telecommute. If there's an ice storm and half the town loses power, they can't have an official school day and mark anyone without electricity absent.


Just look at all of the prep schools have had to do for distance learning. Are they going to issue each and every student a Chromebook that stays at home, waiting to be used?

Because switching to remote learning wasn't an overnight process, as some dipshiats seem to have forgotten over at Slate.
 
2 days ago  
The possibility of snow days was what got me through Canadian winters as a kid.
 
1 day ago  
I went to NYC schools during the Koch administration. He did not believe in snow days.
 
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