Glyndon, Minn. — It's not clear exactly what day students will return to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Schools next week, as another winter storm dumps more snow and ice on the region.
A structural engineer discovered trouble spots on the district's high school and elementary school building from heavy recent snows, and school was cancelled for four days in the district. Safety engineers will check the rooftops again after the current storm and re-evaluate safety.
It was quite the sight in Glyndon on Wednesday, March 13, with volunteers and maintenance crews snowblowing and shoveling snow from the roof on top of the DGF High School and Glyndon-Felton Elementary School building. And like many schools over the years around the region, remodeling and school additions have resulted in more than a dozen different roof levels.
"Most of the buildings that have problems have those old wooden supports," said Superintendent Bryan Thygeson. "We are trying to be proactive, knowing what is coming with this second storm."
On Dilworth's east side, Summerwood kids took advantage of a day off from school. Thursday, Friday and Monday were already set aside for break. But today, because of safety concerns and with school closed, parents stayed home and students added an extra day to their spring vacation.
And when it comes to snow and rooftops, parents have one priority.
"I appreciate the district taking the precautions they are taking to make sure our kids our safe," said parent Tawny Anderson.
"It is better to be safe than sorry," said Sidney Johnk, another DGF mom.