Richfield Public Schools to Remain Closed Tuesday

Others districts have also made the decision to stay closed Tuesday.

Richfield Public Schools are closed Tuesday, Jan. 7.
Richfield Public Schools are closed Tuesday, Jan. 7.
Richfield Public Schools will remain closed Tuesday, Jan. 7 due to the frigid cold snap hitting the state.

On Friday, Gov. Mark Dayton ordered that public schools be closed statewide Monday, Jan. 6. On Monday, the Minnesota Department of Education officially announced that all school districts would be able to decide whether to remain closed on Tuesday as well.

Minneapolis Public Schools has also made the decision to stay closed TuesdayForecasters predict Tuesday’s high will be -1 degrees Fahrenheit, with wind chill values as low as -35 degrees. 

The following is the message Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius shared with school districts Monday morning:

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 

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Mike McLean January 06, 2014 at 01:19 PM
I do not believe that the state had to step in and close schools. That should have been done at the local level. Yet more over reach
Mike January 06, 2014 at 10:03 PM
I remember the last time the governor cancelled school because of these temps, it was republican Gov. Arne Carlson. I don't remember many crowing about gov't overreach then. The kids got a day off of school and were home, warm, and safe. 3M cancelled WORK. I still went to work. What were you doing at 1:19 pm Mr. McLean? Nice and warm?
Mike McLean January 07, 2014 at 09:04 AM
I was in my office at 7:10am. My Manager who resides in San Jose called me Sunday and said maybe I should work from home on Monday. I had no problem with local school systems making the call whether to have classes or not. Much as they have today. Maybe you would have felt better had President Obama made the same decision.


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