Schools consider closures as cold, wind chill lingers - New York News

Schools consider closures as cold, wind chill lingers

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Many Minnesota schools were closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, but wintry weather may keep students out of the classroom on Tuesday as well.

Administrators at several districts across the state told FOX 9 News there is no temperature threshold that determines when they will cancel or delay classes, but the biggest issue districts face is making sure their buses are ready to roll.

"As a parent, what would I want for my kids? That's how I make the decision," explained Kyle Knudson, director of Concordia Creative Learning Academy.

Knudson told FOX 9 News his charter school was slated to have classes on Monday but canceled them because of the dangerous wind chills. They have already decided to remain closed on Tuesday as well.

The mechanics will be out between 3 and 4 a.m. to make sure the busses can start because in this weather, it's not safe to leave kids waiting at a bus stop for an extended period of time.

Knudson explained that the average student at his school spends between 10 and 15 minutes waiting for a bus, which is just too long when frostbite can set in quickly.

In the northern part of the state, several districts -- including those near Duluth -- have already decided to remain closed on Tuesday. As for metro-area schools, most plan to wait until the morning to make their decisions.

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