Governor Mark Dayton announced today that all of the state's K-12 public schools will be closed next Monday, January 6th.
The National Weather Service predicts that most of the state will experience the coldest temperatures in a decade on 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 Monday closings also includes all Winona Area public, private and parochial schools. There will be no school bus service on Monday Classes will resume on Tuesday.
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.
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.