Bitter Cold Triggers Another Round of School Closings

Updated: 01/28/2014 6:53 AM
Created: 01/27/2014 9:43 PM
By: Jay Kolls

Many Minnesota schools have closed classrooms again Tuesday, and parents say they understand but worry about what it means for the future. 

Anoka-Hennepin, Minneapolis and St. Paul are among the larger districts in the metro that have opted to remain closed Tuesday. See the full list of school closures here. 

School districts across the state are worried about bitter cold temperatures and wind chill factors, so they are playing it safe and telling parents to keep their kids at home.

But that means parents are once again left scrambling to find alternate plans for their children. Most understand the precautions, but some told KSTP they would like to see aftercare school programs stay open during the closures.

When school is canceled in Minneapolis and surrounding districts, the YWCA allows students enrolled in before- and after-school programs to stay all day. Minnesota Public Radio says some Minnesota school districts are opening their fee-based programs so kids have a place to go during the day Tuesday. The city of Minneapolis is opening all 47 recreation centers at noon, three hours early.

The issue is even too hot for Gov. Mark Dayton, who says he will no longer make any executive decisions about school closings.

Dayton says individual school districts are in a better position to make a judgment call on closing schools. Some parents say they are worried the make-up days for the school closings will push the school year into early summer.

So far, Minneapolis has announced two makes up days for Feb. 14 and March 28.

It's best for people to check with their individual school districts to find out if they need to schedule make up days and what those days would be.

Minneapolis/St. Paul

38° | 32°
  • Feels like: 27° F
  • Wind: ESE 14mph
  • Humidity: 93%
  • Tue Snow likely
    33° | 30°
  • Wed Considerable cloudiness
    30° | 20°
  • Thu Mix of sun and clouds
    30° | 20°
  • Fri Clouds giving way to sun
    20° | 5°