St. Paul cancels classes, ends school year early because of extreme heat
CARLOS GONZALEZ • Star Tribune
Shaun Ross, SSL at Como Park Senior High School greeted a student in the hall. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ¥ email@example.com Ð St. Paul, MN, April 22, 2021, Como Park Senior High, A majority of Minneapolis and St. Paul high school students finally have a taste of what life's like without school resource officers. The pandemic that delayed their return to the classroom also meant they'd yet to experience what so many wanted: no more cops in schools. Votes taken last summer following the death of George Floyd have led to security changes that include the deployment of staff members trained to de-escalate unruly behavior and build relationships with students and staff. John Brodrick, a St. Paul school board member, worries schools are not as safe.
The school year came to an abrupt end Tuesday for students in the St. Paul Public Schools, with many given little to no chance to say goodbye to classmates and teachers.
The district, citing extreme heat, announced about 2 p.m. it was canceling classes through the remainder of a year that was set to end Friday.
Two-thirds of schools in the district do not have air conditioning, spokesman Kevin Burns said, and officials opted not to put student health and safety at risk.