State officials say Tuesday school-closing decisions are up to local districts

Public schools are closed today because of the cold by order of Gov. Mark Dayton.

But even though it will be nearly as cold Tuesday, state officials say it’s now up to local school districts to decide whether to close again.

The governor’s call to close schools today came Friday, and was made because many schools were coming off a two-week holiday break.

Said Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius in a letter today to superintendents:

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.”

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