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School Closed Wednesday, January 7th due to cold temperatures! Students should not report to school!


All Minneapolis Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 7, due to extremely cold temperatures and wind chill. The closures affect all MPS schools, programs and activities, including all Minneapolis Community Education programs and the Minneapolis Kids school age child care programs.

Safety First

Canceling school is a complicated decision that affects students, staff and families. Our schools provide students with a safe and stable place to learn. Some students rely on the school district for breakfast and lunch. Canceling school may cause some families hardships related to finding childcare. Canceling school is an exception and we do everything possible to keep schools open.

The primary criteria we consider when making a decision include:

  • The safety and well-being of students and staff
  • Severity of the weather (extreme cold, flooding, etc.)
  • Timing of weather (overnight, weekend, etc.)
  • The ability for buses and cars to travel safely


We continually monitor the forecast from the National Weather Service, and the superintendent meets with numerous administrators in order to make the best decision for students, staff and families. Staff members work throughout the evening and early morning each severe weather day to ensure that buses will run at or near schedule and that students will be safe. Transportation staff members work closely with bus vendors and Metro Transit to ensure the buses are ready for cold weather situations.