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An August version of a snow day: Mpls. throws in towel on no-AC classes

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Minneapolis schools have finally surrendered to the heat wave and cancelled classes at school buildings that have no air conditioning.

WCCO reports 27 schools are affected by the move. Thursday and Friday classes are cancelled at those schools and the district says students will not have to make up the lost time. Doors will reopen after Labor Day. The schools that do have air conditioning will continue to hold classes as usual.

Heading back to school before Labor Day is still the exception in Minnesota. The Star Tribune reported that 59 school districts gained state permission for an August start. But in Minneapolis this year, that meant starting school on the hottest August 26th on record.

The district prepared by bringing lots of water and fans to the schools. But some teachers joined students in speaking out on Tuesday about learning conditions they called intolerable.

In announcing the cancellations, the district said it "... determined that the level of support necessary for student health and safety at these locations would be unsustainable for the remainder of the week."

Meanwhile the Fargo school district, which had already decided to postpone Monday's scheduled start at its five schools without air conditioning, has now extended the delay until Tuesday. The Fargo Forum reports the district plans to make up the lost time by extending school days for 30 minutes from Sep. 30 through Dec. 20.

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