Mpls. Schools Remained Open Tuesday, Despite Heat

Updated: 08/27/2013 5:58 PM By: Leslie Dyste

After a hot first day of school, Minneapolis Public Schools remained in session as planned Tuesday.

School officials said parents could keep students home if they were concerned about the heat. Some of the district's buildings don't have air conditioning.

The district allowed absences and late arrivals related to the weather conditions to be excused, as long as parents followed their school’s procedure for excused absences.

After-school activities and athletics, indoor and outdoor, were canceled. Minneapolis Kids continued as usual.

The school released the following statement regarding weather concerns:

“We hear the concerns of families. While it is extremely uncomfortable in some buildings, we plan to continue providing instruction this week. MPS respects the decision of parents to keep their children home from school due to the weather.”

Building engineers monitored classroom temperatures and school nursing staff members reported any heat-related incidents. Industrial fans have been distributed to schools.

School officials are encouraging families to send water bottles to school with students and have them dressed is loose fitting, light-colored clothing.

Water has been provided for students at partially air conditioned and non-air conditioned schools.

Students at Holy Angels in Richfield were let out at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday due to the heat.

Click here for tips on how to stay cool from the Minnesota Department of Health.