Ongoing power outages further delay start of Salt Lake schools’ academic year

A freshly painted “SCHOOL” in large letters stretches across the westbound lane at 1700 South and Blair Street in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. The Salt Lake City Public Services Department is using a new, brighter and more durable paint that is embedded with reflective glass beads to increase visibility. Each year 1,483 crosswalks are stripped and repainted in Salt Lake City, including 250 highly visible crosswalks within school zones.

A freshly painted “SCHOOL” in large letters stretches across the westbound lane at 1700 South and Blair Street in Salt Lake City in this file photo. | Steve Griffin, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Ongoing power outages due to hurricane-force winds that blasted northern Utah earlier this week means the first day of school in the Salt Lake City School District was once again postponed Thursday.

City schools were supposed to open on Tuesday via remote learning, but classes were called off due to weather conditions and again Wednesday and Thursday as cleanup and power restoration continues.

Families were sent this message Thursday morning:

“We are making the decision to cancel school for today. We sincerely apologize for the stress this may cause and for the stress many of you have felt while making plans to start remote learning today.

“While 38 of our 40 schools have now had power restored, this does not reflect the restoring of power to homes across the city. We know many of you and your students are anxious to get the school year started, as are we. However, it is the right call to cancel school today when so many are still without access.

“We will still serve student meals today at several schools. You can find the list of meal sites here:

“We will be in contact with Rocky Mountain Power today and will make a decision by 3 p.m. regarding whether we will hold school tomorrow. We will let you know via email, text, and phone.

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“Thank you for your continued understanding.”

In Granite School District, school was cancelled at eight schools Wednesday due to power outages at Eastwood, Cottonwood, Crestview, Rosecrest, Upland Terrace and Twin Peaks elementary schools, Wasatch Junior High and Connection High School, the district’s alternative high school.

Schools in Canyons School District were back in full force Wednesday after power at three schools that had experience outages — Albion Middle Schools and Quail Hollow and Brookwood elementary schools had been restored.

In hard-hit Davis County, all schools except Centerville Elementary School and Centerville Junior High were back in session. Power has yet to be restored to those two schools.

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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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