Spring-Ford Schools Closed Wednesday

Tuesday evening activities cancelled following afternoon power outage; PECO: 45,000 out in Montgomery and Chester counties

Update 7:20 p.m. A PECO representative told Patch that the utility is still in the process of assessing damage from the storms and does not yet have an estimate for when power will be restored in the affected areas.

PECO estimates that 45,000 customers in Montgomery and Chester counties are without power at this time.

Initial story below.

A Skylert message sent to parents by the Spring-Ford Area School District announced that all district schools will be closed tomorrow after a major power outage on Tuesday afternoon. 

All evening activities on Tuesday and Wednesday's high school open house were also cancelled.

The Skylert message advised parents that the closure was due to the magnitude of the outage.

The outage struck Upper Providence Elementary School, the 5th/6th/7th grade Center, the 9th Grade Center, and the high school around 4:00pm. 

As we reported, students were evacuated to the 8th Grade Center. 

The message advised parents that all students had been dismissed by 6:00pm and "are safely on their way home."

PECO is working on repairing the outage. Several other areas, according to reports on Facebook, are also still without power. 

Patch is waiting to hear from PECO on when the outage is expected to be repaired. 

Diane Moore September 19, 2012 at 02:35 PM
With about 5,000 (my estimate .. 650 kids per grade, 7 full grades plus an elementary school) students plus staff affected, yes closing the district made sense. And they did it early enough that parents had plenty of time to make other arrangements. Plus at the time they didn't know how long they were going to be without power, so there would be consideration like cold food storage, and possible damage to buildings from the outages that had to be reviewed.
Michelle September 19, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Students are required to attend a specific number of days, if half of them attended today because their schools weren't affected, what would they do at the end of the year? Make the kids that missed today spend the extra day? How would the teachers then update their teaching plans? How would school trips be affected? Just like closing all of the schools for election day when only a school or two are affected by voting, the kids have to stay on the same schedules.
Jr Bach September 19, 2012 at 02:55 PM
The Super was on the news last night and stated that the schools that were affected lost transformers during the storm. It is a safety issue for not having school today. There was a time many years ago when there was no school because they were calling for bad weather and we got nothing. The district made the right decision today. It does stink for parents who had to make different plans for today but I rather have the school be closed because of an electrical issue that could be resolved right away because of the number buildings affected.
Zach September 19, 2012 at 04:51 PM
While I don't know anything official, I can tell you that the email system is still down, Skyward is down, and I wouldn't be surprised if the phone system is affected too. I think Dr. Goodin made the right decision. Closing school is never an easy decision, but the safety of the students should always come first.
LillyRose September 19, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I agree Zach. Dr. Goodin made the right call.


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