Ineffective teachers and too-short school days are getting a lot of credit by the latest education reform movement for dismantling the American public education system, but you know what always get a free pass? Snow.

Most area school systems closed their doors Tuesday due to the white stuff that fell from the sky, and guess what kids are doing instead of learning math? Making snow angels. In Shanghai, they'd be making snow angles.

Enjoy your day off before the snowmobiles come a-plowin', kids. Here's what's up at schools around the District:

Montgomery County Public Schools

Montgomery County Public Schools are closed today due to emergency weather conditions. All school and community activities in school buildings also are canceled. All administrative offices are open. Day care programs in school buildings will remain open as scheduled.

Fairfax County Public Schools

All Fairfax County public schools will be closed today, January 18, 2011. Offices are open with an unscheduled leave policy in effect. The following activities in schools and on school grounds are canceled:·   extracurricular activities·   interscholastic contests·   team practices·   field trips·   middle school after-school programs ·   professional learning and training courses·   all adult and community education classes·   recreation programs and community use School Age Child Care (SACC) centers are closed.  Emergency personnel are to report to work.

D.C. Public Schools

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 (5 a.m.): Due to current weather conditions DCPS and DC Government will be opening 2 hours late. Students and teachers should report two hours after their regular start time. However, all essential personnel must report on time.

Prince George's County Public Schools

Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 7:11am -UPDATED - Code Blue – Schools are closed. Central Offices will open two hours late.

Falls Church City Public Schools

Due to inclement weather, Falls Church City Public Schools willbe CLOSED TODAY, Tuesday, January 18th.  Code GREEN for employees. Day Care will open on a TWO HOUR DELAY.

Arlington County Public Schools

Two-Hour Delay Today: Tue, Jan. 18 Barcroft and Campbell Elementary schools, the Arlington Mill and Langston High School Continuation programs, and the Pools will open two hours late today. Students in all other APS schools and programs have No School today due to a scheduled Teacher Work Day. Teachers may report two hours late. Liberal leave is available for 12-month employees and for 10-month school office staff members. Essential employees should report on time.

Alexandria City Public Schools

All Alexandria City Public Schools are closed today, Tuesday, Jan. 18. CODE GREEN.

Prince William County Public Schools

On Tuesday, January 18, all Prince William County Public Schools will be closed. Code Red for employees. The School Age Care Program will not open.

Loudoun County Public Schools

Loudoun County Public Schools are closed today because of bad weather.  All Administrative Offices will open at 10 a.m.