Finally — Minneapolis school's out at non-air-conditioned buildings until after Labor Day

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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. 

The Storify below has some of the dozens of comments posted on the MPS Facebook page following the announcement. [If you don't see the Storify photos and comments below, please refresh your browser window.]

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  • Bad judgment on the part of Bernedeia Johnson and others. I wouldn't trust a child to people with judgment that poor. The City of Mpls is a substandard city that doesn't take care of its most precious resource.......its children. I'm quite sure the administrators in their new building had air conditioning. Sad statement of the priorities of the 1%. - by Janet Nye on Wed, 08/28/2013 - 11:58pm

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