by Hampton Herald Staff
Hampton Elementary School students dismissed at 11:15 a.m. on Friday, November 12th due to a partial power outage. At 7:00 a.m., the principal, Mrs. Kaiser was informed that the building had a partial power outage. When some teachers arrived, their rooms were dark and their technology was not working. When students arrived at 9:10, the power was still out. Students noticed that the lights were off and their Promethean Boards weren’t working.
“I was confused when I came in and the board wasn’t working and lights were off,” said Bodie J, a fifth-grade student.
Teachers found out at 10:30 that school was dismissing early. Some teachers went to get student lunches. Mrs. Kaiser, the school principal, came on the intercom and told students to pack up.
The office was inundated with phone calls. Some students took their regular transportation home, while others needed to make changes.
“My mom usually picks me up at the bus stop, she doesn’t like me to walk home by myself,” said Audrey D, “so I went to a neighbor’s house.”
Several students had to wait for about an hour for someone to come pick them up. The power did return during dismissal, but so many students had left for the day that the early dismissal continued. Teachers had the option of staying to work at school or to work from home.