Smog Shuts Schools in Lahore

Snow days bring welcome additional, unplanned holidays to children in Kent.  They seem to happen most year.  Folks are ready to believe that the weather related closure of schools is new and possible the result of over active and risk averse health and safety regimes.

The Guardian’s recent piece on Victorian weather related school absences suggests that this phenomena is not recent.  Children often stayed away from school during cold and wet weather, probably because of the lack of decent clothing and foot wear.

The Reuters release on Friday about a toxic smog over Lahore present another dimension to school closures.  Local forecasters predict that the smog will persist well into December.

I wonder if London ‘pea soupers’ ever forced schools to close.