Minnehaha Academy's first day of school will be later than planned

The Upper school's first day was supposed to be in late August.

Students at Minnehaha Academy's Upper School will start the school year later than planned.

The academy on its website said the first day of school will now be Sept. 5.

The original start date on the 2017-18 calendar was Aug. 23, two weeks earlier.

"Specific details" about the new first day will be coming, but they're still being finalized, according to the school's announcement. The lower and middle school will still begin on Aug. 23 as planned.

In a memo to parents obtained by KARE 11, principal Donna Harris says they are "working to find a facility to house classes for the Upper School."

The school's athletic schedule won't be affected, she added.

The change comes in the wake of Wednesday's devastating natural gas explosion, which killed two people, injured others, and blew apart a portion of the building.

Minnehaha Academy is a private Christian school in Minneapolis that, across its campuses, serves children from pre-school through 12th grade.

The school started a disaster relief fund to help rebuild the damaged area of the school, and support the victims. And an alum of the school created a GoFundMe to help pay for rebuild work as well.

The federal National Transportation Safety Board said its early investigative findings show the explosion likely happened while a gas meter was being moved.

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