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Larissa Chinwah
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MPS to cancel classes at 27 school programs Aug. 29 and 30

MINNEAPOLIS – Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) will cancel classes at 27 school programs in buildings lacking air conditioning on Thursday, Aug. 29, and Friday, Aug. 30, due to ongoing high temperatures in the region. Classes at those sites will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 3, after the Labor Day holiday. Students will not need to make up the canceled days.

All other sites will remain open as usual. 

Sites that will close include:

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.

Minneapolis Kids child care programs at Armatage, Bancroft, Bryn Mawr, Dowling, Field, Jefferson, Kenny, Lake Harriet Upper and Lower, Northrop and Pratt will also be closed.

Athletic events at the impacted schools may or may not continue at the discretion of the school athletic director. Parents should contact their school athletic director with any questions.

Sites that will remain open include: 

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.

In deciding to cancel classes at select schools, we took into account the assessments of MPS leadership, school principals and leaders in our Health Services and Emergency Management, Safety and Security departments. While we were able to deploy additional resources to lessen the effects of heat as much as possible Monday through Wednesday, we determined that the level of support necessary for student health and safety at these locations would be unsustainable for the remainder of the week.