Readers Write: (Aug. 30): Schools, hot weather, Syria, federal court budget cuts

  • Updated: August 29, 2013 - 7:05 PM

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That’s what schools get for burdening parents

After surviving the three worst days of this week’s heat wave and having temperatures temper off, we were furious to get a call from the Minneapolis superintendent’s office after 5 p.m. on Wednesday informing us that schools would be closed Thursday and today.

As with so many working families, we are suddenly left struggling to pull together child care. What do we do?

We love our school and teachers, but this move reinforces our frustration with the district’s notorious knee-jerk decisionmaking, bad communication and poorly reviewed leadership appointments.

Jennifer Seeger, Minneapolis

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Mother Nature has spoken: no school before Labor Day.

Let’s reclaim the whole month of August for what it used to be: vacation, camping and leisure.

Hanna Hill, Plymouth

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The Minneapolis school district reacted to the excessive-heat warning rather than being proactive. The safety of our children is the highest priority when considering if school should be held on any given day.

Television reports stated that at least four children were hospitalized due to the heat on Monday. Many more were treated at individual schools. This is completely unacceptable and should be considered child endangerment.

It is far more likely that a series of hot, humid days will occur in late August rather than in early June. On these types of days, no learning takes place.

Contrary to the idea that children are resilient, their young bodies do not handle the heat as well as those of young and middle-aged adults. We are often told, during weather such as we have had for the past eight days, to check on the elderly and young children.

Why did those in the Minneapolis administration, from the comfort of their air-conditioned offices, not see the potential for harm? Perhaps if these officials do not have the capability to take the health and safety of our students into consideration during intolerable weather, the Legislature should revisit the decision to allow the school year to begin before Labor Day.

Malia Hilden, Lakeville

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