Power outage Monday morning at Northgate High School

by Celia Shortt

Northgate High School students, faculty, and staff, had to be evacuated for a few hours Monday morning due to a power outage in the area.

During the outage, there was an electrical odor at the school, causing all to be evacuated to the football field so emergency personnel could determine the cause and whether the school was safe.

The outage began at approximately 8:30 a.m., and soon after those at Northgate noticed an electrical odor, according to Coweta County School system officials.

According to a letter sent home with parents, Northgate High School Principal Bill Harrison said 911 was notified immediately and all were evacuated to the football field to ensure their safety. After about an hour, the school was deemed safe and fire officials gave everyone an all clear to re-enter the building.

“Student safety is our top priority,” said Harrison in the letter home to the 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 into the school at 9:45 a.m., and power was restored at approximately 10:35 a.m.

Harrison’s letter is below:

Northgate High School

May 5, 2014

Dear Parents, This morning, at approximately 8:30 a.m., Northgate High School experienced a power outage. This outage affected phones and internet connectivity as well as other operations at the school. The outage was accompanied shortly afterwards by a distinct electrical odor. 911 was notified immediately of the situation. As a precaution, students and staff were evacuated from the school to the football field. The Coweta County Fire Department reported to the Northgate campus quickly and investigated. Students remained outside for approximately one hour during that investigation. The fire department and Coweta County school maintenance personnel determined that the electrical odor had occurred because of the outages’ affect on school HVAC equipment. Fire officials determined that the situation was safe, and issued an all-clear for students to return to class at approximately 9:45 a.m. It was also determined that the electrical outage had occurred off-campus, and utility workers responded throughout the situation to restore power. Power was restored at the school at approximately 10:35 a.m. Student safety is our top priority. 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. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

William K. Harrison Principal



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