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Governor Orders All Minnesota Public Schools to be Closed Monday

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With forecasts predicting dangerously cold weather, all K-12 schools will be closed on Monday, January 6. To protect children from forecasted dangerously cold weather, Governor Mark Dayton announced Friday that all of the state's K-12 public schools will be closed on Monday, January 6th.

The National Weather Service predicts that most of the state will experience the coldest temperatures in a decade next Monday, with lows reaching -30 degrees and wind chills predicted to reach as low as -50 degrees. High temperatures from International Falls to Rochester are forecasted to be only -15 degrees.

"The safety of Minnesota's schoolchildren must be our first priority," said Governor Dayton. "I have made this decision to protect all our children from the dangerously cold temperatures now forecasted for next Monday. I encourage Minnesotans of all ages to exercise caution in these extreme weather conditions."

The decision to close schools across the state was announced Friday in order to give school administrators, teachers, and parents sufficient time to plan for these closures. The Minnesota Department of Education will be coordinating with school districts throughout the day to notify the public about Monday's school closings.

"Children's safety is always our top priority, and as a former superintendent, I know these are never easy calls," said Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. "I want to thank Governor Dayton for putting our kids' safety first, and am relieved parents won't have to worry about sending their children out in the dangerous cold on Monday, but can instead keep them home, safe and warm."

State law provides the Governor of Minnesota authority to "authorize the commissioner of education to alter school schedules, curtail school activities, or order schools closed."

In North Dakota, Governor Jack Dalrymple's office said they will not issue a school closure for the entire state. Representatives at Dalrymple's office tell Valley News Live they will leave it to the superintendents in individual schools districts to make that decision before Monday.

Fargo Public Schools tell Valley News Live that they typically don't cancel classes because of cold temperatures alone. They say school could be canceled if the cold is mixed with other weather elements, such as snow or storms.  Fargo Public Schools will be watching the weather over the weekend and will be making a decision sometime on Sunday.

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