News from school can sometimes take a long time to get to parents.
Letters from the headteacher can sometimes fester in school bags for days before attention is drawn to them. Such is the sluggishness of the transmission of news carried by teenagers and youngsters.
But one piece of news travels almost as fast as light. Within nano seconds, the airwaves and cables are alight with breathless phone calls, text messages, MSN messages etc etc.
Yes, you guessed it. The news that the school is closed again today.