Re: In The Dark?

Helen Williams of HPISD confirmed this morning that power is out at Highland Park High School and Bradfield Elementary. The district is working with Oncor to get the power back on.

UPDATE: Williams called to say that the district is talking about early release, but has not yet made a decision.

UPDATE: A commenter has said that the power is back on in at least one of the schools.

16 thoughts on “Re: In The Dark?

  • February 11, 2010 at 11:11 am
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    What does TK stand for?

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  • February 11, 2010 at 11:24 am
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    TK is newsroom-speak for “to come.”

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  • February 11, 2010 at 11:35 am
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    The HS students are clearly not getting anything done today as the message keeps changing about if and when they are getting out… plus they are freezing! I don’t think this has been one of HPISD’s shining moments… they really need to MAKE a decision BEFORE they announce it.

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  • February 11, 2010 at 11:38 am
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    @hpmom: Just to be clear, nothing was officially announced. Usually, those kind of announcements will be posted on the district’s website or in an e-mail.

    I asked Williams if the district was planning to release early. They had no plans for a release time, but were considering it.

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  • February 11, 2010 at 11:43 am
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    @hpmom – and my post was anecdotal only, nothing official, except my comment about St. Mark’s came from the school itself. This kind of decision involves a lot of moving parts, safety issues, issues with having to claim this as a snow day, etc. I trust that HPISD is very careful about making decisions about this kind of thing. Imagine letting 4 elementary schools, MIS/HPMS and HPHS out at the exact same time? There would be mayhem in the streets. Patience, dear.

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  • February 11, 2010 at 11:46 am
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    I’m here now. Was getting cold but power just came back on.

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  • February 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm
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    @Callie: What campus?

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  • February 11, 2010 at 12:54 pm
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    How will they learn anything? They are so wrapped up in 21st century (ie electronic) learning, can’t imagine how the teachers can teach – they covered up all the chalkboards with whiteboards…

    But would love to see the sophs do the Ceasar speech by candlelight….or cellphone glow….

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  • February 11, 2010 at 2:04 pm
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    I did see some taking a test by “cell phone glow” and one dimly lit emergency light in a classroom with no windows.

    Actually, although it was chaotic, I think the teachers, staff, administrators, and parent volunteers (lunch) helped to maintain some semblance of control. It could have been much worse. I am thankful the power returned when it did, since we were not going to be released early.

    I wonder how things went at Bradfield…

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  • February 11, 2010 at 2:18 pm
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    It’s epic at Bradfield.

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  • February 11, 2010 at 3:31 pm
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    It must be epic at Bradfield. Just got an email from HPISD that there were news crews there today filming how they were handling the power outtage!

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  • February 11, 2010 at 4:14 pm
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    I think keeping them in school was the right thing to do today. I base that off of a day in my senior year where the power went off at the end of 1st period with the administration letting everyone go at 10 and by 11 a good number of students of all grades were intoxicated as parents were still working.

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  • February 11, 2010 at 5:19 pm
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    I will confirm that the power went out at 9 this morning, and for two and a half hours we did nothing in school in the pitch black, and no matter how many people, including the assistant principals, wanted to go home, we couldn’t. They finally got the power back on during 4th period, but then it kept flickering during fifth, and finally stayed on. But yes, we learned nothing. Sixth period lunch went out onto the football field and had a, to use the word of the day, EPIC snowball fight, with students climbing to the top of the visitors side of the stadium and hailing snowballs down upon other students as if it were a siege on a medieval castle, complete with calls of “Archers at the ready.” We got nothing done, but I will say it was more fun hanging in the snow with friends, than being stuck at home all day. To respond to earlier posts, yes, I had some friends that took tests by the lights of cell phones and emergency lights, and some teachers literally did nothing to change the way they taught their classes. And yes, oldschool, I did overhear many a “Friends, Romans, Countrymen…” etc, throughout the day. Anyways, that is my wrap up of the snow day at HP, in case all of you were wondering what happened.

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