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Local school districts will decide whether to close on Tuesday

Students from Prairie Woods Elementary in New London stay warm in their snow-pants, parkas and boots as they scurry to their buses Friday afternoon where they were leaving for an extended weekend due to the cold weather. All Minnesota schools are closed Monday by order of Gov. Mark Dayton. Local schools will make their own decision about school closings for Tuesday. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

ROSEVILLE — The state is leaving it up to local school leaders to decide whether to hold classes on Tuesday, when temperatures are expected to be nearly as cold as today.

Gov. Mark Dayton had ordered all schools closed today because of the below zero temperatures and even lower wind chills.

Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius sent this message to school districts today:

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.

Brenda Cassellius

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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