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Dozens of Powell Middle School Students Check-Out After Power Outage

UPDATE: 9/20/2016, 10:10 A.M. – Officials have confirmed that all students who checked out of school Monday will receive an excused absence.

BROOKSVILLE – A power outage is to blame for a chaotic situation at a local middle school, where dozens of parents have lined the sidewalk, waiting to check their children out of school.

Immediately after school opened this morning, parents began receiving text messages and phone calls from their children, claiming that temperatures were too hot inside the classroom, and that power was out.

By 9:30 a.m., a long line of very unhappy parents stood outside waiting to pick up their children.

School administrators say the power is back on but that it could take hours to cool the classrooms.

There are unconfirmed reports that the school lost power over the weekend but that repairs were not conducted prior to this morning. The school board has not responded to our requests for comment at this time.

Parents are upset that they were not notified of the problem, prior to dropping their kids off to school.

UPDATE: 9/19/2016, 1:30 P.M. – According to HCSB spokesperson, Karen Jordan, “There was no prior information regarding loss of power shared with Board or anyone else.
Powell Middle School reported they were without power at 7:45 AM Monday morning. District electricians were dispatched immediately. The outage originated from Withlacoochee River Electric. Power was restored to campus at 9:37 shortly after students arrived at 9:15. 
Currently, AC is fully restored to most of the campus with the front office, cafeteria and a few classrooms have partial AC. District air conditioning technicians are working to bring full AC power to those remaining locations. ”

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  • No that’s not the whole story!! I was one of the students. After a half an hour they said they fixed the power but instead they turned the heat on!!!! It wouldn’t turn off.

    Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 7:48 am
  • give up. 🙁

    Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 8:20 pm
  • Student IS, not IS

    Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 8:19 pm
  • kids had water bottles, they throw them around at lunch, try to flip it to make it stand. my kid said a teacher got hit a couple of weeks ago with a water bottle being thrown but no kid wanted to admit who threw it. now when kids leave the cafeteria the water bottle has to go in their back pack.
    there was breakfast and lunch, the student IS number was hand written.
    as for kids in the blazing sun, didn’t see any of them on the “football” field. they were standing under the overhang on both sides of the office .
    by the time most kids got picked up, the air was on.
    if parents listened to admin n staff n not just their kids, this debacle wouldn’t have spiraled as such.

    Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 8:12 pm
  • kids had water bottles, they throw them around at lunch, try to flip it to make it stand. my kid said a teacher got hit a couple of weeks ago with a water bottle being thrown but no kid wanted to admit who threw it. now when kids leave the cafeteria the water bottle has to go in their back pack.
    there was breakfast and lunch, the student IS number was hand written.
    as for kids in the blazing sun, didn’t see any of them on the “football” field. they were standing under the overhang on both sides of the office .
    by the time most kids got picked up, the air was on.
    if parents listened to admin n staff n not just their kids, this debacle wouldn’t have spiraled as such.

    Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 7:10 pm
  • Most of these comments sound like “Monday morning quarterback” comments. The principal did as much as he could, the staff were working their tails off to get my children to me, and some of the parents were RUDE to say the least- screaming at the staff as if they shut the switch to the A/C! Duhhh! Eileen, 36 hours? really? Where do you get your information from? Once again…Monday morning quarterback. P.S. You spell principal (the person) with a “pal” on the end. @Parent—my kids ate lunch at Powell! What are you talking about?

    Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 3:56 am
  • Regardless of what we adults may have endured during the hot summer months of our school years. I invite those who oppose to the children being released to find yourselves 30 to 40 people, cram all of you in classroom with temps at 90 degrees or higher. I would like some input to how well or unwell you may feel in that situation. Remember, you are allowed absolutely no water bottles. I won’t even entertain the ignorant and insensitive remarks about children with ADHD or various other disorders which require medication. Maybe, with your thinking someone should have or should medicate you! A lot of big people here trying to act like ADULTS but, just not making the cut! It’s called…”I don’t have anything better to do with my time….my advice…find something worth your comments! For lack of a better phrase….get a life!!!

    Monday, 19 September 2016, 11:50 pm
    • Again, the students were allowed to have water bottles. In fact, they kept leaving class to refill them.

      Saturday, 24 September 2016, 4:41 pm
  • The sad part is this was not the only school that had this issue today in the county. It was mishandled at that school as well. Children being told to call their parents and I know in one case where the teacher verified the school was asking the children to call their parents for rides home. Then when the parents got to school it was mass chaos, told the absence would be unexcused and that with the power outage their would be no lunch because their was not enough time to prepare. This is totally inexcusable. All administrators involved right to the top should be fined two weeks pay for mismanagement of the situation. Parents are not the problem here superintendent is.

    Monday, 19 September 2016, 11:08 pm
  • @some guy says – seriously? Are you making that comment from the confines of your air conditioned abode?

    These have been the hottest months recorded EVER and you expect these kids to go sit under a tree and learn? How about you go first. I’m just sayin’

    @Really: Just because you suffered through it means these kids should?

    @rorycalhoun: ADHD is an actual disorder. Please don’t mock it just to make a point. You clearly have Internet access; take five minutes and read up on what you are so quick to make fun of.

    Monday, 19 September 2016, 10:11 pm
  • I live by Powell and on Saturday our power went out on a perfectly clear, sunny day (typical…ironically, we have never lost power in storms). It went out at 10:43 and restored by WREC crews in an hour. WREC outage map showed about 1900 customers affected by the outage. It was a fairly large area and Powell was in it. Since nobody was at Powell there probably was no report of an outage so maybe whatever they repaired didn’t fix the school’s power. It would have been out for 2 days.

    Monday, 19 September 2016, 10:06 pm
  • Kids did make fans and still were bright red and if you are old enough to not have phone at your school, No one cares so suck nothing up and be quiet.

    Monday, 19 September 2016, 9:58 pm
  • I was told that the school knew there was a power grid out over 36 hours PRIOR to my child texting me to pick him up. There has been numerous instances of miscommunication between the Principle, front office staff and teachers. The teachers instructed the students to call home to get picked up but once there the principle?stated this was an unexcused a sense if we take the children home because we were not called directly by the school. The school phones were not working either. Funny we got a recorded message this evening from that same principle that “of course the students absence would be excused” no one seems to know what the other one is saying or doing over at Powell.

    Monday, 19 September 2016, 9:48 pm
  • Joe,
    I could argue the time on the phone system being reinstated…however…the walkie talkie system was met with low response and was not working as efficiently as it should. Bottom line is that there is obviously not an efficient plan set up for these situations.

    Monday, 19 September 2016, 6:34 pm
  • Really i diddent have ac either but they put all the kids outside in the blazing sun,no water nothing and they knew since sat. There was no power.they told the ones with cell phones to call home.

    Monday, 19 September 2016, 6:31 pm
  • We didnt have A/C when I was in school. We also didnt have cell phones to call mommy. We sucked it up and did ournlessons and made paper fans. BooHoo!

    Monday, 19 September 2016, 5:58 pm
  • The problem is they knew sat.they early this am,i got 2 calls from the automated system today while in line about the lunch account being low,why couldent i get a call before i sent them instead of having them all call home soon as school started,so i had to turn around and take off work.

    Monday, 19 September 2016, 3:50 pm
  • James
    They have walkie-talkie to communicate with the classrooms and the phones where up 10 minutes after the power was restored.

    Monday, 19 September 2016, 3:49 pm
  • I am a student at Powell and those class rooms were almost 93 94 ish in first period one of my friends started throwing up so they should have told us before hand not to come to school

    Monday, 19 September 2016, 3:23 pm
  • don’t blame the teachers
    It’s the ones in charge and some guy who probably never went to school here
    See you try to function in a hot ass room
    and yes outside would be nice weather permitting and no spring hill drivers around

    Monday, 19 September 2016, 2:59 pm
    • i was in at dspms and hernando high in the 90″s when we had no AC for the day at parrott it was a week and we all survived. it must have been an act of god we did’nt die. i was in the pick up line my stars what a bunch of helicopter parent pansies. what bothers me is there was no water and the toilets were not working now that is my issue.

      Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 8:00 pm
      • There was water and the toilets worked.

        Saturday, 24 September 2016, 4:38 pm
  • Those poor kids, having to sweat out all of that Ritalin…

    Monday, 19 September 2016, 2:52 pm
  • When I was picking up my child,the assistant principal stated that another teacher/lady (wish I remembered the name)told her on Saturday when she came to the school, that there was no power!

    Monday, 19 September 2016, 2:24 pm
  • It was stated by the principal that they lost power during Friday nights storm( to the parents inside the office). Also (seeing as though we live in Florida) a generator should be used at the school….don’t you think? All of the phones were down and they could not even communicate between the office and classrooms. Very disturbing and I would like to know how they would handle a real emergancy. In addition, any children that were picked up have an “unexcused” absence as well.

    Monday, 19 September 2016, 2:10 pm
    • if you are willing to pay the cost of a generator to run the school then thank you for your contribution to the county.

      Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 7:56 pm
  • Right on Joshua thomas. Go outside and have class under a tree. Read a book. Hernando schools get an F.

    Monday, 19 September 2016, 1:57 pm
  • @Joshua Thomas: It was over 90 degrees in the classrooms this morning. It had only gotten down to about 85-90 degrees by the time I was there to pick my son up at 11:30 this morning. Kids were coming out of the school red-faced, sweating, and tired. It’s not an environment that’s conducive to learning.

    For kids like my son, who has to take a medication that effects his blood pressure, sitting in a hot room like that is actually dangerous to his health. Compound the fact that the kids aren’t allowed to have drinks (not even water) in the classrooms… you can see why we might want to pick up these “sissy kids” of ours.

    From what I was hearing from the administrators walking the line is that the power might’ve gone out some time around Friday evening. There’s nobody in the building over the weekend so administration didn’t find out about the power outage and lack of AC until 7:30 this morning. They got WREC out there as soon as they could, but not in time to cool that entire campus back down.

    Monday, 19 September 2016, 1:36 pm
    • KIds were allowed to have water.

      Saturday, 24 September 2016, 4:37 pm
  • Really mom im hot small example of what is wrong with this country smh really raised a bunch of sissies wow.

    Monday, 19 September 2016, 12:52 pm

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