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“It’s been very interesting to watch that curve develop on Facebook,” she said. “I’ve seen some students say, ‘I feel like my education is being compromised.’ ”
Maureen Segner, a parent of two Benilde students, said she was thrilled when it was announced last week that students would be required to work online even if school was closed.
“I think it helps keep the stress level down for everyone,” she said. “Kids won’t have to worry about trying to play catch up. It’s a nice way to keep everyone focused on school.”
Her daughter, Katie, agreed.
“I know that I’m crazy busy right now with dance team and I’m looking for every opportunity I can to get ahead in class,” she said.
Not every student shares that enthusiasm about school work.
Gov. Mark Dayton said two students from Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul showed up at his residence Sunday to urge him to cancel classes Monday, as he did for all Minnesota schools on Jan. 6 when dangerously cold weather gripped the entire state.
That unusual move won praise from many Minnesota students who extended their holiday break by two days.
“I must say I’ve received overwhelming support from everybody who can’t vote until the next decade,” Dayton joked. “A little girl about in the third or fourth grade wrote me a card that said: ‘Mark, I love you. You are the bomb-dot-com.’ ”
Staff writer Rachel Stassen-Berger contributed to this report. Kim McGuire • 612-673-4469