Minot Public Schools leadership discusses decision to cancel class Friday

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Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 10:01 AM CST
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MINOT, N.D. - The Minot Public School District first delayed by two hours—and then altogether canceled class—Friday morning.

Superintendent Dr. Mark Vollmer said many streets around schools Friday morning were “nearly impassable.”

He said the decision was made to keep students and staff safe, and to give crews with the city of Minot space to plow snow by eliminating some traffic.

Vollmer said he was monitoring roads for much of the night and morning, and it wasn’t worth plowing until the snow stopped.

“One of our schools, Magic City Campus, was one of the first ones that we hit, and they were there pushing snow at about 2 o’clock this morning. That will have to be hit again, because it probably snowed another four to five inches after the time that was cleaned,” said Vollmer.

All extra-curricular activities and practices for Friday night were also canceled.

Roughly 7,600 students are enrolled in Minot Public Schools across 19 facilities.

Classes will resume Tuesday.

Minot Public Schools, one of the largest school districts in North Dakota, canceled classes Friday due to difficult travel conditions, according to Superintendent Dr. Mark Vollmer.

Vollmer sent the following statement to Your News Leader:

“Excessive snowfall in the City of Minot has made travel very difficult, and many streets around our schools are nearly impassable. In order to keep our students and staff safe, and to give snow removal crews time to clear streets, Minot Public Schools will be closed today. All extracurricular activities and practices are cancelled for tonight. The district has a planned professional development day for staff on Monday. School will resume on Tuesday, January 18th.”

Roughly 7,600 students are enrolled in Minot Public Schools across 19 facilities.

Other Minot-area school districts, including Nedrose, South Prairie, and Surrey canceled class for Friday, while others are running on delays. Follow Your News Leader for information on closings here.

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