Well after 4 p.m. on August 28, Minneapolis Public Schools announced on its website, and via a press release that classes in non-air-conditioned buildings would not resume until after Labor Day. The announcement came after three days of complaints from parents, teachers and students about the impossibility of learning in the 90-100 degree heat in their classrooms.
The schools that will close until after Labor Day are: Anthony, Anwatin, Armatage, Bancroft, Broadway at Longfellow, Bryn Mawr, Dowling, Edison, Field, Hall, Henry, Heritage Academy, Hiawatha, Jefferson, Kenny, Kenwood, Lake Harriet Upper, Lake Harriet Lower, Loring, Northrop, Pratt, Roosevelt, Sanford, Sheridan, Southwest, Tatanka Academy, Wellstone.
Sites that will remain open are: Adult Education (North and South campuses), Andersen, Barton, Bethune, Burroughs, Emerson, Folwell, Green Central, Hale, Harrison, Hmong International Academy, Howe, Jenny Lind, Pierre Bottineau, Keewaydin, Lucy Laney, Lyndale, Marcy, Mona Moede/North Star, Nellie Stone Johnson, Northeast, North, Olson, Pillsbury, Ramsey, River Bend, Seward, South, Sullivan, Waite Park, Washburn, Wenonah, Whittier, Wilder, Windom.
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Reporting for this article supported in part by Bush Foundation.