Growing up in a European country and never witnessing what it's like to go to an American school, watching American high school comedies, to me, has always been a pretty surreal experience. I'm sure that most of you fellow non-Americans reading this article could relate to me on this.

There are so many things about American schools that have always seemed utterly fascinating to me. For instance, you get letter grades instead of number ones, schools have swimming pools inside them, there's a club for almost anything, you have to get a hall pass to go to the bathroom during class, and lunch meals are usually pretty bizarre. The list goes on. With that being said, Bored Panda invites you to look through this list of tweets from non-American Twitter users in which they share things that they find the strangest about American schools. Feel free to explain to us the things we don't understand or add your own in the comment section!

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GC
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10 months ago

I don’t ever know what A levels etc. are. One of these days I need to look it up.

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konnarw1
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10 months ago (edited)

mine starts at 8:00 till 3:00

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Ms.M.
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10 months ago

1. Usually 2. Usually

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Jamziee
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10 months ago

Yes, because if you're in the hall without one, then you MUST be commiting murder (Sarcasm lads)

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Ms.M.
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10 months ago

It didn't when I was a kid, but it does for my children. I hate it.

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Michelle C
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10 months ago

Yep and we decorate them too!

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Eva Bryson
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10 months ago

Yes, don't you?

Erin Kavik
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10 months ago

Not here, I had to walk the three miles each way.

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Gwenda Christenson
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10 months ago

Yes -- since America is mostly rural, many students can live anywhere between 10, 20, 30 miles from the school they need to attend. Personally my school district was two different towns. Why would you make all of the parents shuttle kids between towns? That would be a lot of traffic for no good reason when you can just use a few busses to move the kids around.

YosemiteCat
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10 months ago

Yes so that there is a free way to get to schools and more students are able to attend

CatWoman312
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10 months ago (edited)

No we launch them off in a giant sling shot.

Elaine Verhagen
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10 months ago

In the Netherlands we walk or take our bicycle.

Just JoLynn
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10 months ago

Kids also do that in the US, the ones that live too far to do it take the bus.

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alex but festive
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10 months ago

yes, and s**t goes down in the back of the bus, it's a universal rule

Blackheart
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10 months ago

Yes. And South Carolina even has a school boat in one area!

ArtistinResidence
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10 months ago

Since most parents work in the United States most schools have a policy of bussing the students to school except for in the cities. You have to realize the United States is a huge country of diverse populations. Urban areas have schools that have public transportation whereas world schools a student may live as far as 20 miles away from the school. They also will bus for sports or if a student stays after for extracurricular activities. Usually by junior year many kids have their own cars and drive. For the others the bus is reliable transportation.

ramen noodle
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10 months ago

yup. and they are c r o w d e d

Squirrelflightisawesome
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10 months ago

And full of germs. Argh I'm so glad I don't need to go on the bus anymore......

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Colin L
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10 months ago

Yep. And the in person bullying begins at the stop. Online follows you *everywhere*.

Angela Jester
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10 months ago

Yes, because often the children live miles away from the schools or would have to walk through dangerous conditions. There are kids in my area, which is a small town surrounded by rural area and farmland, that live 10 miles or more outside of town.

Meami
Community Member
10 months ago

Not everywhere. But in many places, yes. A couple of reasons. We, sadly, don't have the public transportation infrastructure that many other countries have and in many rural parts of the country houses can be miles apart and kids are so far away from their school that they can't walk or bike.

Kim
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10 months ago

How far would they have to live to not be able to bike, though? I mean, I biked 20K to school (12 miles) and I know a lot of other kids who did too. Then again, bike safety isn't the same everywhere and we've pretty much got that down here (the netherlands are famous for the bikes, right? haha).

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Leo Domitrix
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10 months ago

Until high school, I walked. Since the high school was 10 miles by road, and 7 miles as the crow flew, well, yes, we needed buses to get there on time. Our parents didn't have half an hour to drive us to-and-fro every morning, then do it again in the afternoon. And nobody expected ayone to walk more than 2 miles one way to school. Mind, this is in my long-departed childhood.

A
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10 months ago

Canada has school buses too.

angie but who cares
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10 months ago

yup

Nick P
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10 months ago

The do the same in India too...

Seth Linn
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10 months ago

It depends on distance to the school. You can’t always walk everywhere depending where you live.

Nia Loves Art
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10 months ago

Yes, and it’s a good thing. It means that parents don’t have to take the time out of their day to drive their children to school, which could make it difficult to get to work, and that all students can get to school on time.

Phoenix
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10 months ago

Yes.....is this unusual? I mean I get the others but this always seemed normal

Johnny
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10 months ago

I rode a bus to elementary school (from Kindergarten all the way to 6th grade) because it was "so far" away -- even when my parents had to go to my school for a teacher meeting or something, they drove. It wasn't until I became an adult that I realized that the school was really only about half a mile (1 km) away, I could have walked all the way to school in less time than I spent walking to the bus stop and waiting for the bus.

Little Epic12
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2 months ago

yup. Had to wake up at like 5:30 to catch mine. it was usually late.

Slytherin_blood
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6 months ago

no not for me but it may just be my school....

eyeless sans
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9 months ago

they do actually! but it's a lot warmer here than it was in Russia. I miss Russia.

Philly Bob Squires
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10 months ago

Well, I never had a school bus pick me up back in the 60's and early 70's but we could take public trans for a reduced fare. I walked most times and saved my bus and lunch money to buy records on Friday at the record shop I walked past every day! I would, however, buy a bag of 10 tokens and take 2 with me at all times just in case the weather got really nasty but otherwise... I have one hell of a vinyl collection today! (And I'm now 62! lol)

Celtic Pirate Queen
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10 months ago

Many of our schools are in a district, not just in our neighborhoods.

Amanda Hunter
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10 months ago

If the parents are lucky yes.

DetongLhamo
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10 months ago

That’s a good thing.

Doris Bennett
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10 months ago

Yes, but if I missed it I had to take a city bus sometime.

backatya
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10 months ago

Other countries do also

Jacqueline Wilson
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10 months ago

Where on earth do you live, of course school buses pick up students. How else do they get to school.

Susan Thomas
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10 months ago

Only if they live too far to walk or considered unsafe with traffic. My kids (and even I) used to walk to school.

Patti Renwick Parrish
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10 months ago

yes. moms and dads are heading to work.

Stormeh
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10 months ago

Not just in the states, school bus is pretty common around the world

Heather Hayllar
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10 months ago

no

Evripidou Maria
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10 months ago

I think it';sa normal thing to do. We have it here in cyprus as well. Not all parents can drive their kids to school for various reasons

Faith Hurst
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10 months ago

Only if they are too far to walk.

Martha Higgins
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10 months ago

Yes, students in our schools can come from many miles away from the school.

elfin
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10 months ago

Yes, especially in rural areas. Why have 50 cars on the road to do the job that one bus can do? And why not make life easier for parents who have to get to work in the morning and my not have time to drive to school (or several schools) as well?

Jane Alexander
Community Member
10 months ago

Depends on the area. In the city I walked, but after we moved I lived 5 or 6 miles from school, some kids lived 20 -30 miles up the sparsly populated coast, so yes we had busses.

Klaus Hargreeves
Community Member
10 months ago

why not...?

Ivana
Community Member
10 months ago

We have no public transport and we have a lot of rural areas, I lived an hour away from my school because it was all farm land and since it is a right for all children to have access to a public education it was also determined that transportation was considered part of that right. America is huge and communities are spread out. In Florida they have one public school for the deaf and the blind in St. Augustine and children who live in Miami get bused home every weekend. The school in St. Augustine is freaking amazing by the way. Best public school I have ever seen.

BananaJo
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10 months ago

Not just in America. Almost everywhere.

The lion tamer
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10 months ago

In Greece schools in the city are really close, you have to walk for 5-10 minutes max. Schoolbuses are only for private or special needs schools. In rural areas children have to ride the public bus or go to school by taxi (one for 3-4 kids) paid by the government.

Little Wonder
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10 months ago

My schools in Australia did too.

Little Wonder
Community Member
10 months ago

Australian schools do too, I caught the bus. Ah, memories.

Hobbes Maxwell
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10 months ago

it's also due to the size of the us. a lot of European folks don't realize how stupid big the US is. example: screen_sho....05_pm.png screen_shot_2015-09-08_at_2.15.05_pm.png

Emily Smith
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10 months ago

School busses operate like city busses and have a route with predetermined bus stops. If your child lives more than a certain distance (about a mile I think), they make sure a bus stop is near by for those students.

Amber odom
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10 months ago

Depend on the city, the school, how close you live to the school. I live is a city they bussed all kids if the parents wanted it and lived more than a mile away. then one that you had to live outside of the city limits.

Amber odom
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10 months ago

Depends on the city, grade, and the schools.

Turdman59YT (Jay)
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10 months ago

buses theyre so dirty and gross i just hate buses (you can prolly tell im germiphobic)

Thalia Lovering
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10 months ago

Greece here. Only private schools do. Kids either walk or use public transportation.

Petey the Foo
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10 months ago

When I was a kid (80's-90's) both parents worked and public transportation was too far away to get to school.

Lizz Lor
Community Member
10 months ago

I live in a medium sized US city, 250K. HS students mostly take public transport. Middle schoolers get bussed if more than 1 mile from school. Elementary students (K-5) get bussed if more than 1 mile from school OR hazardous route to school (i.e. busy road with no crossing guard). We live just under 1 mile from school but across a 4-lane road so my son qualifies for the bus

NWB
Community Member
10 months ago

They do in Australia too

Benjamin Lensgraf
Community Member
10 months ago

Give us a break, we're still working on the teleporters

HufflepuffPanda
Community Member
10 months ago

I walk to school (I live in a 0.3 square mile village).

Bla
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10 months ago

They do it in Germany, but only for students they commute for long distances (for US it's normal). Like villages or farms to the next school. It is uncommon but not "unheard" thing

Whitney Anderson
Community Member
10 months ago

other places dont do this?

Horror Hero13
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10 months ago

Yes.

JessG
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10 months ago

Well, it’s a sure fire way to make sure kids get to school. All schools should offer busses IMO

Gabriele Alfredo Pini
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10 months ago

In Italy is pretty common for elementary and middle schools

StrawBerry Turtle
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10 months ago

yes but your parents drive you to school most often

Carolina Fernández González
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10 months ago

In Bogotá, Colombia, we have school buses. Most of our schools are out of the city or far from where we live so there's no way we can walk to school.

Cee Mor
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10 months ago

Yes it's a much bigger and more rural country than you usually see on TV...my district is 50 minutes across, it's a huge hassle to pick up the very few kids that we do.

Jaana Kaurisalo
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10 months ago

Finland. My first grader, aged seven, walks every single day to school and back. By herself. Around 3km in total per day, often more (she might have a school trip to museum or library and yes, they walk there too. Even those in special ed.!). 99% of our kids walk or ride a bike by themselves to/from school and it's uncommon to get a ride from a parent.

Salty Old Woman
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10 months ago

Schools here can be 5 to 10 miles away, easily. Sometimes less, sometimes more. Just depends on exactly where in the US you live. We're ridiculously big.

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Tabitha L
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10 months ago

In suburban and rural areas, yes. In cities, students often take public transportation.

InfectedVoice
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10 months ago (edited)

We had this in England in the 90s for sure, a free coach would stop at certain places to pick all the kids up.

Evil Little Thing
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10 months ago

We have to because public transportation here is s**t.

Dave P
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10 months ago

Public Schools do, Private Schools depends on the local. The Federal Government gives money to school districts to provide bussing for children under 14, and states are required to have programs for bussing for kids under grade 8. However High School some places do, some do not. In NYC where I live they give bus passes to students to take public transit. It all depends where and what ages

Whawhawhatsis
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10 months ago

When I was in high school (grades 9-12), there were kids who lived far enough away from the school (in a long, narrow county with the school near one of the narrow ends) that they rode the bus nearly 2 hours both morning and afternoon. Crazy! I never rode the busy because the first bus stop was where I lived, and then that bus route would go meandering all over the county . So I'd have to catch the bus before 6:00 a.m. to get to school by 8:00! Instead, I would walk -- right over a hill; I lived on one side, the school was straight over on the other side -- and it would take me 20 minutes. But the farm kids who lived farther out were really screwed.

Diane Patrick
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10 months ago

Same in New Zealand.

Marnie
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10 months ago

I'm surprised anyone outside the US even knows about school buses. In almost every show in the US, they show the parents having to drive their kids to and from school. I don't understand that. How can they work an 8 hour day and do that? They would only have maybe 5-6 hours to work in between. It's ridiculous. Where I live, the kids take a bus or walk if they are within perhaps 1/2 a mile.

Gogamash
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10 months ago

I guess that's a safer option considerung the many homocides in US. Who would let his kid ride to school by bicycle then?

Salty Old Woman
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10 months ago

Homicide. What you said sounds like a hate crime, lol!

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sylvantic
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10 months ago

For me, if you live 5 miles or more away, yes. which sucks cause my school's 4.9 miles away from my house. you also can get a free student metro pass, but our public transportation is useless. the nearest subway station is also 4.9 miles away.

Carmen Elena
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10 months ago

Here, some parents, who own a van, offer that service, they get paid, obviously, but schools don´t do that.

Sarcastic Panda
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10 months ago

they don't send them, but you can go to a bus stop and the bus'll come that way if you contact the school

Demetri
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10 months ago

Yes. Sometimes, in a effort of parity, students went to school many miles away from home. But even the more local schools required a uniform system because in high school, we were all still minors.

Helen Haley
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10 months ago

No good transportation system, and everything is super spread out, so yes.

LJ Robinson
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10 months ago

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AroAcePanda
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10 months ago

yeah

Queen fhk
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10 months ago (edited)

Lol. I think most Countries do that

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10 months ago

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Its probably cuz parents don't want to drive their kids to school, or make them walk. So they pay other people to drive them. Basically a kid UberPool I guess. ( is that what its called? uberPool? )

Leo Domitrix
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10 months ago

I lived rural. If our parents drove us to school, they'd have to drop us off around 615 to make sure they weren't late to work or to farm chores; school started at 8. School let out at 3. If you lived within 2 miles, you walked. If you were 10 miles away by road, as I was, you got on a bus and were grateful you didn't hike 20 miles in Up North weather to go to school. Twenty miles of walking a day wouldn't leave kids a lot of time for, y'know.... school!

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Ms.M.
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10 months ago

That's always bugged me too.

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GlassHalfWay
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10 months ago

Yep, even a snowboard & skiing club in the Midwest.

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Juniper
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10 months ago

Wait, don't all schools have cafeterias? Where do you eat your lunch?

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Brett
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10 months ago

Yes sadly

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Aunt Messy
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10 months ago

Canadian here. They don't close schools in Canada unless it's been colder than -40C for three days in a row.

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Imtiredandiwannagotobed
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10 months ago

Because we put all our budget into our announcements and lockers

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GlassHalfWay
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10 months ago

Because a gallon would be too heavy on the lunch tray.

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Jamziee
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10 months ago

They aren't cool it sucks

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Brett
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10 months ago

I wish I had school lunch that good

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SimplySarcastic40
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10 months ago

Yep. ours was awesome!

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Eva Bryson
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10 months ago

Yes, teachers want you in class to learn, not loitering in the bathroom.

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SimplySarcastic40
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10 months ago

yep...at least in the suburbs because most of us start driving at 16

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Jamziee
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10 months ago

one word to answer this- ICE

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The Zooble
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10 months ago

To be very honest, I'm English and I usually do page count rather than word count

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konnarw1
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10 months ago

yeah i wondered this and are the woman stale or something lol

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angie but who cares
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10 months ago

my elementry did

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Jamziee
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10 months ago

No they force students to do it

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Caitlin Davenport
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10 months ago

So we aren't "distracted". Even rooms with windows usually had the blinds closed.

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Caitlin Davenport
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10 months ago

Not really. We have nearby schools we compete against in sports, but any rivalry is very light-hearted.

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SimplySarcastic40
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10 months ago

we had an apple machine...for $0.20 you got an apple.

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Brett
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10 months ago

The high school I’m going to does

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Caitlin Davenport
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10 months ago

We don't, dances are usually 4 times a year.

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Caitlin Davenport
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10 months ago

Yes

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konnarw1
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10 months ago

yeah sorry but you should move to america.(JK)

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Caitlin Davenport
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10 months ago

Candy was usually a very tiny part, if it was there at all. But it was the most exciting part!

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