I was elated -yes, elated – to read that Minnesota’s Governor Mark Dayton is closing Minnesota schools Monday due to predicted frigid temperatures of 15 to 20 below. The temperature lows overnight leading into to the next week are expected to be the coldest temperatures in a decade at a predicted 30 below. It makes the emergency management professional in me delighted to see that Dayton appreciates that this degree of cold represents life threatening conditions. When a governor takes such action it relieves individual school districts of the burden that comes with making complex weather decisions like this. That is a smart move because one wrong decision in this type of weather could cost someone their life.
Per Dayton (from InForum):
“The safety of Minnesota’s schoolchildren must be our first priority,” Dayton said. “I have made this decision to protect all our children from the dangerously cold temperatures now forecasted for next Monday. I encourage Minnesotans of all ages to exercise caution in these extreme weather conditions.”
According to InForum, “the decision to close schools was announced today so school administrators, teachers and parents could make plans. The state Education Department reported it is coordinating with school districts throughout the day to notify the public about Monday’s school closings.”
Thank you Governor Dayton. You are role modeling the behavior that I hope all sensible government officials will role model when faced with similar life threatening conditions. Trudging through desperately cold weather each winter may be a part of our Midwestern identity, but even for the hearty there has to be a recognition of when it is too cold. You are right, it will be dangerously cold on Monday and closing the schools is the right choice to keep kids safe.
Day one thousand two hundred and seventy-eight of the new forty – obla di obla da