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RPS cancels Monday classes due to cold weather


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)--Declining temperatures are bringing new meaning to the phrase "too cool for school."   On Thursday, Rochester Public Schools announced all RPS schools will be closed on Monday due to the extreme cold. 

For nearly 17,000 students and more than 2,500 employees, Friday marks the beginning of a 3-day weekend and an opportunity to avoid venturing out in the cold weather.

"We just don't feel it's a safe situation for our students to be waiting for buses or walking to school when it's that cold out," said RPS Superintendent, Michael Muñoz.

Canceling classes due to weather 4-days in advance is an unprecedented move by the school.

"I think it's weird that it's 4-days in advance," said Nicole Kline.  "I don't know, it would seem like they would call when there was a storm."

While that's usually the case, the Superintendent said canceling in advance was important to ensure no students are locked out on Monday.

"Typically, we go out in the morning and drive to a couple of spots we know are troublesome for us," explained Muñoz.  "Usually by 5:00 in the morning I receive a call from our transportation director and he lets me know how the roads are and how the conditions are and we make a decision."

Muñoz said this decision was made days in advance to allow parents to make other arrangements for their students.  Andrew Friedt, a 6th-grader at Kellogg Middle School walks to and from school everyday.

"It's going to be good that they did that so I don't have to walk in the cold weather," said Friedt.

According to the school district, classes are expected to resume on Tuesday.  Rochester Catholic Schools will also be closed on Monday.

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