Each school year schools throughout Minnesota operate schools and school bus routes during periods of severe winter weather conditions. When road conditions deteriorate after each significant snowfall, school district superintendents and administrators struggle with the question of cancelling school.The decision to close down a school system the size of the Saint Paul Public Schools is very serious because it impacts tens of thousands of students attending public, nonpublic, and charter schools, and their families. While it is very serious when students miss class time, the winter weather closing of the Saint Paul Public Schools has even greater impact because it requires working parents to take family leave from work to care for students or make emergency daycare arrangements on very short notice. The decision to operate or cancel schools is based primarily on road conditions. District Transportation Department staff carefully monitors developing weather conditions and advisories from the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Chanhassen,
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