Was Gov. Dayton just scoring points by "taking charge" and closing schools today? Does the governor not trust school districts to make the right call in spite of historic cold weather? I'll leave that up to you, but here's a release from the Minnesota Department of Education that says we're back to normal programming as of Tuesday -- the governor's office apparently trusts them to make the right call Tuesday.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 6, 2014
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Tuesday School Cancellations up to Local Districts
ROSEVILLE – Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius has informed district superintendents and charter school directors that the decision about school cancellations for Tuesday is up to individual school districts. 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 cancellations 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.