Posted at: 08/28/2013 5:10 PM
Updated at: 08/29/2013 9:29 PM
By: Leslie Dyste

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Classes Canceled at Mpls. Schools Without Air Conditioning

As the heat wave continues, the Minneapolis Public Schools district is canceling classes at its buildings that don't have air conditioning.

The classes will be canceled Thursday, Aug. 29, and Friday, Aug. 30. The classes will resume Tuesday, Sept. 3, following the Labor Day holiday. The district says students will not need to make up the canceled days.

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 also will be closed.
 
According to the district, athletic events at the 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.
 
The district said, "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 (the schools without air conditioning) would be unsustainable for the remainder of the week."

A public charter school in Minneapolis, Sojourner Truth Academy, is also closing Thursday and Friday due to the heat. Yinghua Academy in Minneapolis will be closed Friday.

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