El­e­men­tary school closes due to out­age

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Gin­ger Rae Dun­bar gdun­bar@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @GingerDun­bar on Twit­ter

An overnight rain­storm knocked the power out at Uwchlan Hills El­e­men­tary School.

UWCHLAN – It’s a longer week­end for some Down­ing­town stu­dents.

Down­ing­town Area School Dis­trict of­fi­cials be­came aware early Fri­day morn­ing that an overnight rain­storm knocked the power out at Uwchlan Hills El­e­men­tary School in Uwchlan Town­ship. Peck Road was also closed and school of­fi­cials also learned that the school buses and staff mem­bers would not be able to travel to the school. Pa­tri­cia McGlone, spokes­woman for the dis­trict said calls to school of­fi­cials came in at about 6:30 a.m. Fri­day and they “hus­tled to close the school” and in­form the stu­dents, par­ents and teach­ers.

“Uwchlan Hills El­e­men­tary School will be closed (Fri­day), Oc­to­ber 12, 2018, due to a power out­age and road clo­sures in the area,” the school dis­trict Face­book states.

Staff and stu­dents were in­formed via email and by a text alert about the clo­sure. A no­tice was also posted on the dis­trict web­site and the dis­trict’s so­cial me­dia ac­counts. Down­ing­town schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Em­i­lie Lonardi also made a phone call.

“We are pleas­antly pleased with how well our no­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem works,” McGlone said.

Uwchlan Hills teach­ers are work­ing a pro­fes­sional staff de­vel­op­ment day at the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing in East Caln Town­ship while stu­dents have a day off from school. PECO did not im­me­di­ately state when the power is ex­pected to be re­stored.

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