Monday’s School Day Up in the Air
By Brandi Makuski
No word on whether Gov. Scott Walker is going to call off school on Monday, following a decision Friday afternoon by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, who cancelled all K-12 public school statewide in the face of a dangerous cold snap headed for the northern part of the nation.
Walker’s aide was unavailable for comment Friday afternoon, and officials from the Stevens Point Public School District were still weighing their options.
“Nothing has been cancelled on Monday yet,” said Sarah O’Donnell, PR coordinator for the district. She added school officials could take the entire weekend to watch the weather before making their call.
“They’re taking a look at it to see if it really will be that cold. We’ll put a statement out today for parents reminding them of our procedure and where they can get that information,” she said, adding Monday morning at 5 AM would be the latest parents would have to wait.
“But I anticipate a decision will be made before then,” O’Donnell said.
Any decision to close or delay schools on Monday will apply to area Catholic schools as well, since those schools use the public school transportation system.
“But it’s really up to the parents,” said Todd Kuckkahn, president of the Stevens Point Area Catholic Schools (SPACS). “We want them to make any decisions regarding their children and safety in that kind of weather.”
Parents and students can follow the school district and SPACS on Facebook, Twitter and the public school district’s website and the SPACS website. You can also watch the City-Times’ Facebook and Twitter for the latest news in any cancellations or closings.