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A power outage was reported Thursday morning, Aug. 15, 2019.

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Two schools in the east Las Vegas Valley were without power Thursday morning.

Chaparral High School and George E. Harris Elementary had no power, and NV Energy reported about 1,200 customers in the area were affected by an outage that began at 7:24 a.m.

About 11:50 a.m., NV Energy said power had been restored to both schools and all but 10 customers in the area.

A broken switch caused the outage and had to be repaired.

“We got a message saying that there was no power, no air conditioning and that we had to pick up our kids or they would be biased to a different school,” said Harris parent Marques Hill.

The Clark County School District sent out the following parent statement about 11:25 a.m.:

This is principal Lolo James at Chaparral High School.

As always, we want to keep you informed of important issues happening within our school community. The power is currently out at our school and in our neighboring community. As student safety is a priority, we are relocating students to Valley High School, as we have been informed by NV Energy that it may be several hours until the power is restored.

Students who regularly ride the bus home at the end of the school day will be bussed to their bus stop from Valley High School. All other students will be bussed back to Chaparral High School at the end of the school day and parents will be able to pick up their students at the regular dismissal time.

Your support and understanding related to this matter is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Lolo James
Principal

Chaparral student Janaya Melton said the students were evacuated for a fire drill, but said the school was without power and the air conditioning was out. Melton said repairmen were at the school Wednesday to fix the air conditioning but were unable to repair it. 

Students were evacuated for about five minutes for the drill, but about 10 a.m. students were being allowed to go home.

“I received a call from them and they said our kids have to stay and it’s not fair because it’s hot. It’s not fair parents are receiving a call saying they’re fine. It’s not fine,” said Chaparral parent Claudia G.

A neighbor who lives near Harris Elementary said his home was also without power. He added a Smart and Final nearby was also without power.

“All the kids were crying because some of them were scared, they couldn’t breath, it was very hot and they were sweating. Some of the kids started crying because their parents couldn’t come in,” said Harris student Ezmy Reyes.

Harris initially posted on their Facebook page that classes would continue as normal; however, about 10:30 they posted that they would be releasing students.

“Everybody started to get loud and she was like ‘I’m going to call Metro and tell them to come in here if you guys don’t calm down,” said Harris parent Neri Reyes. “I forced my way through the line, gave them my children’s name and the teacher’s name so I could get my children.”

CCSD released the following parent statement about Harris:

This is Principal Margarita Harris at George E. Harris Elementary School.

As always, we want to keep you informed of important issues happening within our school community. The power is currently out at our school and in our neighboring community. As student safety is a priority, we are relocating students to William E. Orr Middle School, as we have been informed by NV Energy that it may be several hours until the power is restored.

Students who regularly ride the bus home at the end of the school day will be bussed to their bus stop from William E. Orr Middle School. All other students will be bussed back to George E. Harris Elementary School at the end of the school day and parents will be able to pick up their students at the regular dismissal time.

Your support and understanding related to this matter is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Margarita Harris
Principal

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