We Now Know Why Rochester Public Schools Didn’t Close Today

Thursday morning we woke up to heavy snow and a few schools in our southeast Minnesota neck were closed or delayed. That includes Rochester Public Schools…and some parents wonder why?

Why Rochester Public Schools Not Close today?

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A mother on the Y-105FM Facebook page put like this…

“Absolutely ridiculous that RPS didn’t cancel today! Management should be ashamed of themselves for putting our children at risk with such bad roads!”

I told the mother that I was confused too. Then many more parents contacted me, so I contacted Rochester Public Schools. Specifically Superintendent Kent Pekel. I emailed him saying, “I’ve had a few parents ask me why RPS isn’t closed today.”

Here’s Why Rochester Public Schools Didn’t Close Today

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Why didn’t RPS close early or just cancel school? Here is what Superintendent Pekel said in his email response…

Hi James…I am very aware of the need to keep people as safe as possible which is why I canceled school when the snow fell early last Friday morning.

The recommendation from our transportation staff this morning was that we could run the school and I got out and drove (admittedly into town) at 5:15am and that was also OK at that time.

So today was a judgment call, and when time is a judgment call, I also have to consider the time students would lose learning and the huge impact that canceling the school has affected the ability of some of our families to find child care for their young children.

Should the RPS have closed this morning?

I’m not a parent, I have no idea what it’s like to have kids going to school in a snowy event. So I am not the only one to say whether schools should be closed or not. What do you think? Please click the link below to tell me your views (or if you’d like to guest blog, I’d be happy to consider that as well).

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Five Rochester Minnesota Airbnb is perfect for a romantic getaway

There are many wonderful places to stay in Rochester, Minnesota. These are five I found that have something special about them…they would be perfect for a Friday/Saturday night not too far from the kids.

Of course, if the kids are teenagers, you don’t have to tell them you’ll be in Rochester…and do a spot check. Click on the images to get the link to that particular listing.

Escape the world to this romantic Minnesota Airbnb igloo.

“Guests are blown away by the experiences that come with a snow globe vacation. There is something truly magical about being so immersed in nature and our location has something special to offer to each season.

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