AH HAAAAA MOMENT
When I first heard from other teachers here in Mexico that schools are shut down when the temperature dies below 6 celsius, I thought it was just plain silly. Back home it could be -20 F. and nobody would bat an eyelash. Wear a coat dummy.
I forgot all about it till this first winter rolled around and teachers started getting excited. And then, yesterday happened. The temp dropped to 4 Celsius and when I showed up to my first class of the day - there were 4 kids! (public schools actually shut down but here in lame-0 private school the parents get a choice- lol, boooo)
My next class had all of ONE student but by that point I was no longer surprised. My ah ha moment came the first hour when I realized that although our classrooms have gigantic air conditioners, there are NO heating units. No central heat, not even a shabby space heater.
OHHHH well now I get it. DUH.
Houses don't have heat here in Mexico, not even the NICE houses I've been to, so I don't know how I would assume that a gigantic school would....but there you go.
It's gal frigging cold and my idea that the parents were being pansy asses and coddling their kids flew right out the window. Pansy MY ass, shhhiiiiittt we freeze! Our school won't shut down though, the parents pay more than enough for us to be turned into a popsicle daycare if they wish it.