Rochester Public Schools announced Wednesday that it will continue to hold classes virtually on days that have inclement weather, effectively ruling out the possibility of snow days.

According to a notice posted on its website, the main reason for canceling school during inclement weather was out of concern for the safety of students. With the district's switch to distance learning, that is no longer an obstacle.

"We feel confident in our capacity to deliver instruction virtually to all of our students," the notice said. "Due to the pandemic, the district has implemented a Safe Learning Plan that consists of distance learning. RPS has made significant investments in technology devices, connectivity, and professional development in order to efficiently deliver instruction to our students within these models."

The district made the decision following guidance in October from the Minnesota Department of Education.

During days of inclement weather, meal services and transportation will be canceled. The district will still provide some child care services for families with critical workers.