Burgum, Baesler Support School Superintendents' Judgement About Response to Frigid Temperature Forecast


With most of North Dakota under a wind chill warning for Tuesday, Gov. Doug Burgum and State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler are supporting the judgment of school administrators about whether to close schools in response.

Baesler said local school administrators decide whether to delay school openings, dismiss classes early or cancel school days altogether. Some storm days are already required to be “built in” to a school district’s calendar.

“Each of our North Dakota school districts is different, and our local superintendents are in the best position to judge whether it is appropriate to hold classes on days when the weather is snowy or extremely cold,” Baesler said. “Our schools across the state are evaluating this new cold snap according to their local weather conditions, and that is how it should be.”