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Governor Dayton orders

public schools to close

January 10, 2014

Fulda Elementary Schools playground was silent on Monday after Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton closed all public schools due to the predicted life threatening wind chills.  
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Darcy Uttech
FULDA FREE PRESS/Darcy Uttech
Fulda Elementary Schools playground was silent on Monday after Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton closed all public schools due to the predicted life threatening wind chills.
By Norma Dittman
On Friday, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton announced a state-wide closure of public schools for Monday, January 6th, due to forecasted frigid temperatures. According to Brenda Cassellius, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education, the decision was made by state officials in order to protect school students across the state from being exposed to temperatures of 30 degrees below zero and wind chills that were predicted to be as low as 60 degrees below zero. The announcement was made on Friday to allow parents to make arrangements for child care and other issues.

The school closing announcement applied only to public schools with private school administrators making their own decisions about closing due to temperatures. Public schools officials were to make their own decisions regarding whether staff should report to school or not. Deciding whether the day off from class room study is to be made-up or not is also to be decided by individual school districts.

This is the first time since 1997 that a governor has ordered a state-wide school closure due to weather. Public schools were ordered to be closed that year on January 16th by Governor Arne Carlson. He also ordered schools to be closed in January of 1994 and February of 1996 due to bitterly cold temperatures.

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