By Nate Walsh
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Power has been restored to two city schools after classes went forward in the dark for two hours Tuesday morning following a large power outage in the city that started Monday.
Students showed up to the High School of Science and Technology, located at 1250 State St., when the doors opened at 7:35 a.m. despite the building not having power, and gathered in the halls until their first class started, according to Azell Cavaan, chief communications director for the Springfield School Director. Cavaan said shades were raised in classrooms to allow in natural light, and classes progressed as normal as possible before the lights came back on around 9:30 a.m.
“We tried to continue as best we could,” said Cavaan, who added they kept classes going and tried to return to learning as soon as possible despite the lack of electricity.
Students at Stem Middle Academy, located at 60 Alton St., which also didn’t have power, were brought to the auditorium at Putnam Vocational Technical High School, located at 1300 State St., which did have power Tuesday morning, according to Cavaan.
As a result of the power outage, Cavaan said a fire watch was established at Sci Tech, which involved a person staying in the building at all times overnight with a cell phone. She said the fire pull system has a generator for power, but they still wanted someone present as a precaution. She also said the school’s safety and security personnel were stationed at both buildings throughout the ordeal.
Students eating breakfast at the schools were still able to eat a cold meal Tuesday. Cavaan said their food service provider had been contacted to get milk to a refrigerated area, and they would be able to provide lunch to students Tuesday.
A spokesperson from Western Massachusetts Electric Company said Tuesday all power had been restored to affected customers, and the problem had originated with a fault in an underground cable in the area.