Elk Grove High cancels Friday classes following power outage

Elk Grove High School canceled classes Friday morning for the rest of the day after a power outage, school district officials said.

The outage began at 6:54 a.m. when an underground cable on the school’s campus failed, said Jonathan Tudor, a spokesman for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). SMUD crews then dug up the faulty cable to replace it.

School officials learned of the outage just before the start of the schoolday and notified parents but waited to monitor the situation before canceling classes, said Xanthi Pinkerton, a spokeswoman for Elk Grove Unified School District. They decided to close the school and send another update to parents at about 10 a.m., after SMUD said the outage would take longer than expected to fix, according to Pinkerton.

“We were coming on lunch,” Pinkerton said. “We wanted to make sure the students would be able to have food ... The concern whenever there’s a power outage is making sure the food is safe to eat.”

Students’ release, which began at 10:45, went smoothly, Pinkerton said.

The outage would not affect a football game against Inderkum High School scheduled for Friday night because the school’s main campus lost power rather than the field. A midday picnic for the school’s seniors across the street also continued unhampered.

Pinkerton and Tudor both said an outage leading to canceled classes is rare.“It happens every once in awhile,” Pinkerton said of outages at the school. “It’s typically more during storms.”

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