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UPDATED: District 196 Schools Closed Thursday

Thursday wind chills are expected to average between 35 to 45 below, according to the National Weather Service.

Updated: 9:50 a.m. Thursday

The Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District has canceled some of its after-school and evening activities, the district announced Thursday morning.

The district has canceled elementary and middle school after-school and evening activities. 

High school activities and some community education programs, however, will remain as scheduled, according to the district's message

High school after-school and evening activities, including parent-teacher conferences, will be held as scheduled. Community Education enrichment and aquatics classes that begin after 4:30 p.m. will also be held as scheduled.

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Original story

The Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District has announced that schools will be closed on Thursday. 

The message on the district's website reads as follows:

School is canceled Thursday, January 23, due to the dangerously cold temperatures. A decision about after-school and evening activities will be communicated on the website Thursday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory until 12 p.m. on Thursday.

A WIND CHILL WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF WEST CENTRAL...CENTRAL...EAST CENTRAL AND SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA...AND PORTIONS OF WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN THROUGH NOON THURSDAY. WIND CHILL VALUES WILL AVERAGE BETWEEN 35 TO 45 BELOW ZERO THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING.

A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THE COMBINATION OF VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.

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brentbohn January 22, 2014 at 11:00 PM
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Scott January 23, 2014 at 10:26 PM
What is the message in this cold weather safety lesson to our children? It is too cold to go to school in the daylight hours to learn the 3Rs, but it is warm enough to go at night to play sports. Administration has their priorities mixed up.
Edward Anderson January 24, 2014 at 09:49 AM
I don't think the lesson is that it's too cold to go to school to learn; rather, it's that it's too cold to ask children to wait outside in the cold for a bus that may be running late. I presume that if one is doing some sporty thing at school after hours, one's parents are transporting them from home to school, so the bitter outdoor wait is minimized. Your mileage may vary.
Scott January 25, 2014 at 11:02 AM
The lesson is, if it is 'unsafe' to attend school. Then it should also be unsafe to play afterschool activities. If school is canceled, then all same day afterschool activities should be canceled. A parent's car can break down in minus 40 weather as easily as a school bus.
Edward Anderson January 26, 2014 at 12:13 AM
Fair enough, Scott. And one presumes that the parent has the responsibility and maturity to make the decision whether to attend the voluntary after hours activity.

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