Saint Paul Public Schools cancels remainder of school year due to weather

Saint Paul Public Schools have been canceled for the remainder of the school year in response to the hot weather.

Students will not switch to distance learning for the remaining days as Minneapolis Public Schools will. Instead, they will be able to turn in assignments online.

This is the same for students who are currently enrolled in virtual learning, today will be their last day of class.

Saint Paul Public Schools superintendent Dr. Joe Gothard told WCCO Radio's Paul Douglas on Wednesday that many buildings in the district simply can't keep up with the warm temperatures.

"Our buildings are starting the day at 80 degree and that's the case in a majority of our classrooms and buildings," Dr. Gothard said. "By the end of the day, the temperatures in those rooms are too much."

Buildings will remain open until Monday, June 14 to allow students to pick up or drop off materials. School staff will be working in their buildings to receive and complete end-of-year procedures that would have been completed at a later date.

Gothard added that typically the overnight air exchange cools buildings by using cooler air from the outdoors, which hasn't been possible in recent days.

"It's one thing to have it for one or two days, but when it's three or more days, we had to take the action we did," added Gothard.

While the academic year is over schools will continue all planned athletics, performances, activities, and graduations. For more information students and families should reach out to their respective schools.

Schools will also continue their meal delivery programs and families should expect to receive their meals on Friday as normal.

“We are very sorry to have to end the school year in this way. We know how much students and staff look forward to this time of year. This is not how any of us wanted this school year to end. We know our families and staff have been through so much and appreciate all of your support this year,” a press release from Saint Paul Public Schools said.