Northgate HS evacuated during outage
by Celia Shortt
Northgate High School students, faculty, and staff were evacuated for a few hours early Monday because of a power outage in the north Coweta area.
During the outage, there was an electrical odor at the school, causing all to be evacuated to the football field so Coweta County emergency personnel could determine the cause and whether the school was safe.
The outage began around 8:30 a.m., and soon after those at Northgate noticed the smell, according to Coweta County School System officials.
According to a letter sent home with parents Monday afternoon, Northgate High School Principal Bill Harrison said 911 was notified immediately and all students and faculty were evacuated to the football field to ensure their safety. After about an hour, the school was deemed safe and Coweta County Fire Department officials said it was OK to re-enter the building.
“Student safety is our top priority,” said Harrison in the letter to parents. “We appreciate the prompt and professional response from the Coweta County Fire Department and Newnan Utilities throughout. I am proud of the way Northgate High School staff and students responded to the situation. Our school followed established procedures to ensure the safety of students, and students and staff carried on with normal operations as much as possible throughout this incident.”
Students were let back in to the school at 9:45 a.m., and power was restored around 10:35 a.m.