Power outages and apparent storm-related problems forced closure of five area schools Thursday morning and cut communications to more than three dozen campuses in the Sacramento City Unified School District, school officials said.
Maria Lopez, spokeswoman for the district, said that power outages closed Golden Empire and O.W. Erlewine elementary schools in Rosemont for the day as well as an adult school, Charles A. Jones Career and Education Center in south Sacramento.
A third elementary school in the Rosemont neighborhood, Isador Cohen Elementary, closed temporarily but was reopened by mid-morning.
Lopez said Crocker Riverside Elementary in Land Park also was closed due to a water outage in the neighborhood. She said the school would be open for students Friday.
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Meanwhile, the district’s phone system suffered intermittent disruptions at nearly 40 school sites and at the Serna Center, according to a posting on the district’s web site.
Lopez said parents of some affected schools had been notified via the district's automated telephone communication system. In some cases, she said, principals contacted parents after discovering power outages.