Fairview Elem. in Anderson Co. closed due to power outage

Fairview Elem. in Anderson Co. closed due to power outage; parents upset other schools were open

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When parents tried to drop off their children at Fairview Elementary School, they were told school was being canceled because the power went out at 7:30 a.m. When parents tried to drop off their children at Fairview Elementary School, they were told school was being canceled because the power went out at 7:30 a.m.
"We only had four roads that had some ice on them that they chose not to travel," said Director of Schools Larry Foster. "The other issue we had was a couple buses that had mechanical problems." "We only had four roads that had some ice on them that they chose not to travel," said Director of Schools Larry Foster. "The other issue we had was a couple buses that had mechanical problems."
Parent Amy Ogle wasn't expecting to have to take her daughter to school Wednesday morning. Parent Amy Ogle wasn't expecting to have to take her daughter to school Wednesday morning.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

HEISKELL (WATE) - Anderson County schools opened their doors to students on Wednesday, though Fairview Elementary had to send its students home because of a power outage.

Some parents say they were never told this was happening, and many were caught unprepared.

Several parents also contacted 6 News to share their issues with having any school in Anderson County open Wednesday.

One parent expressed concern over icy road conditions, another about buses not running, forcing kids to wait long periods of time outside.

Anderson County Director of Schools Larry Foster says despite the concerns, opening schools was the right decision.

"I always get a few emails claiming I'm stupid or didn't listen to the news, but I do pay attention. But we value a child's education along with a child's safety," said Foster.

Parent Amy Ogle wasn't expecting to have to take her daughter to school Wednesday morning.

"Yes, I was very surprised because it was just bitter cold for the kids to stand out - the ones who have to stand out and wait in this cold weather on the school bus and not even know if the school bus would make it to them," she said.

Foster says the transportation director drove many roads to make sure bus routes were passable before giving the okay to reopen. When driving the route though, it is the bus driver's discretion on whether or not to take the route.

"We only had four roads that had some ice on them that they chose not to travel," said Foster. "The other issue we had was a couple buses that had mechanical problems."

Foster says when the driver skips a road, the principal is notified, who then notifies the parents.

Foster believes all parents of impacted students were contacted and students unable to get a bus weren't counted absent.

When Ogle drove to Fairview Elementary to drop her daughter off, she was told school was canceled. The power was out.

According to Foster, the power went out at 7:30 a.m. Buses took kids back home and parents were notified.

"The kids who have to ride the school bus, they were there in the school, I'm sure it got cold extremely fast in there and I felt really bad for them," said Ogle.

"We had a power failure. We had a breaker or two go out on us, therefore we sent the students home," said Foster.

Fairview Elementary will be closed again Wednesday. Foster says the part to fix the breaker is being shipped.

He hopes to have the power back on by Friday.

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