One day after students and teachers protested the sweltering conditions inside Minneapolis public schools without air conditioning, the district canceled classes for Thursday and Friday.
In light of the ongoing heat wave, classes at the following schools will resume on Tuesday after the Labor Day holiday:
- Broadway at Longfellow
- Bryn Mawr
- Heritage Academy
- Lake Harriet Upper
- Lake Harriet Lower
- Tatanka Academy
Students will not need to make up the canceled days, and all other schools will remain open.
Child care programs will also be closed at the schools the affected schools.
Athletic events scheduled during the closures will be dealt with at the discretion of each school's athletic director, and parents are urged to contact that individual for more information.
In a release, district officials say they considered input from district leaders, school principals, and leaders in health services, emergency management, safety and security departments.
"While we were able to deploy additional resources to lessen the effects of the heat as much as possible Monday through Wednesday, we determined the level of support necessary for student health and safety at these locations would be unsustainable for the remainder of the week," the release read.
The district tried to prepare schools without air conditioning for a first day overseen by an excessive heat warning by distributing bottled water to classrooms and school buses, encouraging teachers to bring in fans from home, and urging parents to dress children in light-colored, light-weight, loose clothing. All outdoor, after-school athletic activities were also canceled.
Yet, the first day of school was enjoyed by few. Some teachers who spoke with FOX 9 News tried to make the best of it by bringing frozen treats for their students, but all said the stifling heat made it tough to resume instruction.
By Tuesday, students and teachers were feeling hot-headed about the classroom conditions, and they held a protest demanding "schools not sweatshops." The Minneapolis Federation of Teachers issued a statement after the demonstration to urge the district to act.