Minneapolis students back to school Wednesday

Classes for Minneapolis Public Schools will resume Wednesday morning after two consecutive snow days, the district announced Tuesday.

District officials canceled classes Monday for the first time in over a decade. At the time, city crews were still working to clear streets of the 17 inches of snow that fell over the weekend.

A statement from the district indicated the combination of poor driving conditions for buses and sub-zero temperatures created a dangerous situation for students, who could have faced long waits for buses in bitter cold.

Many side streets remained clogged with snow Tuesday, prompting district officials to cancel classes for a second day. A statement released by the district Tuesday stated the “district had not shut down for two days in recent memory.”

City officials declared a second consecutive snow emergency Monday to help snowplow crews clear streets.

Until Monday, Minneapolis Public Schools had not canceled classes because of snow since the 1998–1999 school year.