Raymond Elementary, Carver Middle School Dismissed Early
An update to a story we have been covering for the past few hours on WJTV News Channel 12. A power outage in Raymond knocked power out to hundreds of customers in that area and has impacted at least two schools. Those schools, Raymond Elementary and Carver Middle School, have been without electricity for several hours. Because of this problem, Raymond Elementary students had an early dismissal at 2:00pm today and Carver Middle School students were released from class at 2:30pm.
However, parents have emailed the WJTV newsroom and left us messages on the WJTV Facebook page, upset that they were not notified as to the ongoing problem at those schools this morning. Many parents we spoke with had no idea the schools were without electricity and heat. They were concerned their children were cold in the classrooms and want answers as to why the district did not notify them earlier as to this problem.
The Hinds County School District has released the following statement reguarding the loss of power and no heat at two of their school:
Today, January 6, 2014, the HCSD had two schools to lose power (Raymond Elementary School and Carver Middle School). Immediately our maintenance department was dispatched to the schools for support and Entergy indicated that power would be restored around 11:45 a.m. They then called back and indicated that it would be later. At that point, the decision was made to dismiss the two schools early. This decision was based on the following factors:
- The welfare of the students, staff, and parents;
- The disruptions caused in the home when school is dismissed early; and
- Contacting parents about the early dismissal.
Raymond Elementary School / 2:00p.m.
Carver Middle School / 2:30p.m.
Please know that our primary concern is for the safety of our students and staff. At this time, power has been restored at both schools and we thank our parents and employees for their support during this emergency. As we continue to experience the inclement weather season, please stay updated through our website and area news channels as we will work to have information released as soon as possible.
We hope for a safe trip home and return of all of our Hinds County School District students and staff tomorrow.
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