MINNEAPOLIS - The forecast calls for slightly warmer weather Tuesday, but not warm enough to bring students in Minnesota's three largest school districts back to class.
In a joint press release the Anoka-Hennepin, Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts announced that all three will cancel class for a second consecutive day Tuesday, due to frigid temps and wind chills. The National Weather Service calls for a high of -1 degrees Tuesday, with wind chills approaching -35.
Others, like Columbia Heights, Edina, Forest Lake, Fridley, Hopkins, Lakeville, Minnetonka, Robbinsdale, Roseville and Wayzata quickly followed suit, many with associated activities and programs also canceled. As temperatures will be rising slightly as the day goes along some districts are waiting to make a decision on sports games and practices, and other nighttime activities. Consult your district's website for details.
and if others do also, the decision will be that district's alone. State Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius sent a message to district superintendents and charter school directors indicating that the decision about school cancelations for Tuesday is up to individual school districts, and not to the governor. School superintendents are monitoring temperatures and local conditions closely, and are prepared to communicate with families so they can plan accordingly.
The message shared with districts follows:
Dear Superintendents and Charter School Directors,
Tomorrow morning's temperatures are forecasted to be in the double digits below zero again, with continued windchill advisories for the entire state until afternoon.
Governor Dayton is leaving the decision about school cancelations for Tuesday to individual school districts. We believe school superintendents are monitoring the temperatures closely and are prepared to communicate with families so they can plan accordingly.
We encourage you, as always, to be mindful about the dangers of even brief exposure to these dangerously low temperatures as you make your decisions.
I am grateful for your efforts on behalf of Minnesota children, not only during this challenging week, but every day.