Minneapolis schools cancel after-school activities Thursday due to freezing cold and driver shortages

Minneapolis Public Schools is canceling all extracurricular student activities on Thursday, Jan. 6, due to concerns about extremely cold temperatures and the availability of bus drivers.

The district said in a news release that the school will still be in person. But all extracurricular activities and early childhood family education activities are canceled.

Part of it is due to the cold. The National Weather Service is wind chills of minus 20 and below are expected Thursday through Friday morning.

But an ongoing shortage of bus drivers is also to blame, with Minneapolis Public Schools telling parents to prepare for possible bus transportation delays ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours. Affected families will receive robocall or text message notifications, the district said.

“The bus delays are due to the continued shortage of regional and national bus drivers, now compounded by COVID-19 and required quarantine protocols,” the district said.

Canceling after-school activities will help “maximize the buses available to get students home after school during very cold weather,” the district said.

Transportation to senior varsity sports will continue, Minneapolis Kids will still be open, and adult evening community education classes may continue as scheduled (unless the teacher makes other arrangements).

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