Power outage sends NNHS students home early

Tuesday afternoon, Naperville North school officials dismissed overjoyed students early after a power outage lasting 90 minutes.

The power outage lasted from 12:13 p.m. to 1:43 p.m. affecting lights, internet and phones. Two minutes before the early dismissal, the lights flickered back on, causing a building-wide groan, but an administrator went on the public address to say the early dismissal would proceed.

Sophomore Maggie Salter was in her math class when the power came back on. She said students were momentarily worried they would have to finish the full school day.

“Everyone was screaming and was really upset but we were still able to leave,” Salter said.

District 203 sent out a Talk 203 email to parents and teachers to inform them that school was ending early at NNHS.

Due to the continuing power outage at North, students riding the bus will be dismissed at 1:45 pm,” the email said. “All others will be dismissed at 1:55. All after school activities are canceled for today. A decision about the boy’s basketball game will be announced in a subsequent email.”

The Naperville CUSD 203 Twitter account tweeted “Power is out at Naperville North and some surrounding areas. Phones are also affected. Students are being supervised. More information will be shared as it’s available from the city of Naperville.”

In 2011, NNHS students were sent home for a similar power outage.

This story will be updated if new information becomes available.