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Power out at Pinecrest; PECI power outage fixed

UPDATE: 11:17 a.m. Work to get the power on is continuing at Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School in Bloomfield. We can confirm the school will be open tomorrow. Most of the students who were transported to Queen Elizabeth School in Picton this morning have been picked up. Parents who have not picked up their children are asked to go to Queen Elizabeth to get them, if possible. The cause of the power outage is not known at this time. Thank you to Pinecrest families for their understanding and flexibility in working with us.

JUNE 1 – 8:43 a.m. Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School in Bloomfield is being closed due to no power. Students are being transported to Queen Elizabeth School in Picton by bus. Parents can pick up them up there. Students will be supervised.

UPDATE 8:40 p.m.: Prince Edward Collegiate Institute will be open as usual on Wednesday, June 1. The electrical repairs were completed at approximately 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evening. Buses will be running Wednesday morning and students should go to school as normal.

UPDATE: 10 a.m. All but half dozen or so students have left the school. Staff will be on-site until all are safely dismissed. Staff will report to work at nearby Queen Elizabeth School in Picton for the rest of the day.

Due to the school closure, the school council meeting will be re-scheduled

9:35 a.m. Prince Edward Collegiate Institute is closing for the day due to a power outage Tuesday morning.

Kerry Donnell, the school board’s communications officer, said the decision was made for safety reasons. Students who walk to school are dismissed and buses are starting to arrive for others. Parents are welcome to pick up their children.

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  1. lucy says:

    teachers do alot of work at home too. marking papers, getting the next day planned etc etc
    one of our teachers creates his own songs(related to the subject) on his guitar and sings to the kids. because he likes to do this in his own time for kids
    all with out extra pay
    its all part of the job really.

    i wouldnt down any teachers, They look after our county kids.

  2. Fred says:

    Dennis; you pretty much suggested teachers on the public dime should go home or wherever and be paid. They have work to do.

  3. Dennis Fox says:

    Dear JW – it wasn’t a rant- it was only a comment. I if it wasn’t an early day for the bus drivers, then so what? Go to bed and take a pill – tomorrow is another day!

  4. Fred says:

    So the teachers could not carry on with any of their work elsewhere in the automated world or assist others? They soon will have their long summer holiday with pay so don’t bleed too badly.

  5. lou says:

    we thought it was Kathyne Wynne and her hydro up to something at first 🙂 (kidding)

    think its an electrical issue with the school not hydro

    yes silly to send them to Queen E. (to do what?)

    i guess the bus drivers had to come back a nd pick up the elementary kids though.

    and i hear it MAYBE closed tomorrow too…….so kids have to wait and see tonight or in themorning if they go or not

    lots of happy kids today though

  6. j w says:

    re: dennis fox

    the bus drivers do not end their day earlier. check your facts before you rant

  7. Pearl says:

    Well stated, Dennis. I agree.

  8. Dennis Fox says:

    This kind of unforeseen event can happen anytime, but the Board needs to come up with a better plan. The kids are allowed to go home, bus drivers get to end their day earlier too, the caretaking staff will probably go about their day as usual – but the secondary school teachers have to report to the elementary school to account for their time. Just what are a few dozen or so high school teachers going to do? Neither the elementary teachers nor the admn could have plans in place to put them to good use – they too, have a contract – so they’ll sit around the staff room drinking coffee until the day ends. Let them go home – just like any other worker would be able to do, in any other business, except for the Board of Education. How Mickey Mouse can they get!

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