The weekly school newsletter this week included an explanation of how they decide on snow days.

The letter didn’t call them snow days. “Emergency days,” it said.

Because the school district is entirely in a river valley they plan for, in addition to snow days, flood days. Days when the river goes over the main road. (Yes, there’s only one main road. When the river goes over it, you can’t go anywhere.)

This being only our second year at the school, and not having had any flood days last year, I had not realized this until now. But it made a lot of sense.

I asked Silas if anyone had ever mentioned flood days to him.

“No,” he said. “But do you think Thursday will be a flood day?”

“No,” I said. “I highly doubt it.”

However, they’re predicting “a few” more inches of snow tonight, so a snow day tomorrow, Thursday, isn’t out of the question.