Gov. Closes All Minn. Public K-12 Schools Monday; Some Colleges, Universities Canceling Classes

Updated: 01/04/2014 4:36 PM By: Megan Stewart

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All of Minnesota's K-12 public schools will be closed on Monday, Gov. Mark Dayton announced Friday.

The National Weather Service is anticipating most of the state will experience the coldest temperatures in a decade on Monday, with temperatures reaching a high of 15 below and a low of 30 below.

A Wind Chill Advisory has been issued through noon on Tuesday. Dayton said the safety of Minnesota's school children is the state's first priority.

All Minnesotans should be cautious about the weather in the coming days.

The decision to close schools across the state was announced today in order to give school administrators, teachers, and parents sufficient time to plan for these closures, Dayton said.

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."

This is the first time a Minnesota governor has closed schools in response to cold weather since January 1997, when former Gov. Arne Carlson canceled schools as temperatures plunged to 32 below in the Twin Cities. Carlson also closed schools in January 1994 and February 1996.

Private schools will be closed at the discretion of the schools. Minnehaha Academy announced it will also be closed Monday, along with St. David's Center for Child and Family Development in Minnetonka.

The University of St. Thomas and Concordia University St. Paul also announced they will be closed Monday. The University of Minnesota said it plans to remain open, but classes are not in session due to winter break.

St. Catherine University will have no classes Monday. Hamline University will also be closed.

The Minnesota Zoo also announced it will be closed on Monday to protect the public from the dangerous weather conditions.

Here is a winter safety checklist for families and children.

Get other cancellations and closing here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.