Update published 4:05 p.m. Aug. 27
The power outage Tuesday at Lyons Township High School's North and South campuses was a result of a lockout, which is a common type of circuit-breaker related outage, ComEd spokeswoman Ashley Dennison said.
"This type of thing happens from time to time so it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary," she said. There isn't any indication at this time that it was connected to the heat wave this week, she said.Classes will resume Wednesday with no expectations for anything out of the ordinary, LTHS spokeswoman Jennifer Bialobok said. However, Wednesday is a preplanned late start day, so classes won't begin until 8:45 a.m.
See what students and staff said about the outage on Twitter.
Original published 1:02 p.m. Aug. 27
Students were sent home from both Lyons Township High School campuses Tuesday afternoon due to a power outage that occurred around 11:07 a.m., school officials announced.
Power was restored shortly after noon, but administrators decided to send students home around 12:45 p.m. anyway. ComEd initially told officials power would be out for a few hours.
“Without power, no lunches could be served, which is required by school code, the fire alarm system was off-line at South Campus and buses were en route,” the announcement read. “All of these factors led us to make the decision to dismiss school early.”
LTHS spokeswoman Jennifer Bialobok said everything went smoothly as students went home.
"They were terrific," she said.
After school activities, adult education classes and the Freshman Parent Orientation have also been canceled.
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