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School Officials on Closing

School Officials on Closing

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School districts all over North Dakota had to make decisions whether or not to hold class today due to the sixty degree, sub zero temperatures.

Much to children's joy or parents' dismay, Minot Schools Superintendent, Mark Vollmer made the decision to close area schools today based on two factors; extreme temperatures and safety.

(Mark Vollmer, Minot Superintendent) "We don't cancel school every time it's cold. I think back in my lifetime in North Dakota there have been very, very few times where we've had this cold of weather, coupled with extreme winds."

Vollmer says the risks of having students and staff exposed to the dangers that accompany these conditions are just too high.

(Mark Vollmer, Minot Superintendent) "This was extreme. When we were starting to look at those wind chills and sixty below area there, you know, busses freeze up, transportation is difficult, students walking to and from school. We just felt it was the best determination to not have school today."

This cold snap which has lowered the nations average temperature to a chilling twelve degrees forced schools across North Dakota to close, and led to action by Minnesota Governor, Mark Dayton to call off school statewide.

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