We live in east county and work in downtown San Diego. During the fires we had to stay home and our son's daycare was closed. I have lived in California all my life and while growning up never had school closed for any weather reason.
I live in Iowa so I've missed LOTS of school in the past. Snowstorms, fog, hail, ice, tornados, high winds... They usually figure in 10days of missed school per year. Sometimes we wouldn't get spring break to make up all the days we missed. My boyfriend missed school in georgia due to hurricanes and hail a few times.
I live in Florida so yeah... school has been shortened and or cancelled many times due to our summertime friends the hurricanes. Sometimes we had to make it up later in the year though, what a bummer! But it's not just school that closes, it's like the whole town!
When I was in high school we had an ice storm so bad that the ENTIRE city lost power for 2 weeks. Trees were down in all the streets. One tree actually took some siding off our house. Imagine, two weeks with no school. Also, no TV, microwave, fridge, computers, lights, SHOWERS, etc. And NO HEAT. We had a kerosine heater and everyone slept in the living room around it. We had a 50 gallon fish tank, and all the fish froze to death.
We get out of school all the time here in NY! Lots of snow, ice, etc. Last year we even had two "wind" days, a result of a hurricane. We get like 6-8 days a year we can use as snow days, and if it goes over (it has before) they take it out of our spring break.
We have snow days all of the time in the winter. One time there was supposed to be a huge snow storm so they cancelled school the day before. The storm never came so we got a free day off. We also got a day off a while ago because it was so cold that the busses wouldn't start up. It's weird how we have had "free days off" but we still had to go to school during a tornado. I guess it was because it came so suddenly and we get tornado warnings all the time, they just never really happen. So, we were stuck on the school bus for 15 minutes in the storm because the bus driver couldn't see the road. Now that was scary, especially seeing all of the damage afterwards. We had a substitute bus driver because our usual one's farm was destroyed in the tornado.
We hardly ever get off either, Piglet. Last year we got off because I think we had an inch of snow or something, or the weather was too cold. My sisters and I were sitting out in freezing weather waiting for the bus to come for 20 minutes before the stupid school announced they were off! They announced at 7 in the morning, we leave at 6:40. Ticked me off.