From classroom trends to school board decisions, Class Act will keep you updated on all the school issues followed by the Star Tribune’s education reporters. Contributors include Steve Brandt, who covers Minneapolis; Kim McGuire, who covers the west metro; Erin Adler, who covers the south metro; Anthony Lonetree and Libor Jany, who cover St. Paul and the east metro, and Paul Levy and Shannon Prather, who cover the north metro.

Several metro schools to make cancellation calls by 6 p.m. Sunday

Posted by: Kim McGuire Updated: January 24, 2014 - 3:59 PM

The next shot of dangerously cold weather forecast for Monday and Tuesday has several metro-area superintendents discussing cancelation plans now.

Several school leaders held a conference call today to discuss the possibility of another wave of closings. The consensus what while everyone hates to lose valuable class time, students' safety would trump all other considerations.

Currently, the forecast calls for the low temperature on Monday to be 20 to 25 degrees below zero with wind chills between 40 and 50 degrees below zero - about the same subzero weather that gripped the state Jan 6-7.

Since the conference call, several school districts - St. Paul, Edina, and Mounds View - have said they plan to make the call about Monday by no later than 6 p.m.. Sunday. Rochester's public schools has already made the decision to close on Monday.

If schools do close next week, expect school board members to begin making decisions about makeup days, as many districts will have tapped the "extra" days they build into the calendar.


 

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