Tuesday school closures left up to individual districts

Decisions about school cancellations for Tuesday, Jan. 7, will be made by local superintendents, according to the office of Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius.

The Stillwater School District expects to announce a decision the afternoon of Jan. 6, according to district spokesperson Carissa Keister.

“We’ll have conversations throughout the day with our own leadership staff, as well (as) with neighboring district superintendent’s,” Keister said in an email.

Cassellius’ office shared the following message with school districts the morning of Jan. 6:

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