Power outage impacts Chico school

Mar 10, 2014 6:43 PM

Education is evolving

At Notre Dame Catholic School in Chico technology plays a major part in the learning process.

“Everything is online,” said Notre Dame principal Terri Sobieralski. “It’s our main way of communicating.”

Many teachers at Notre Dame now use headsets and speakers to ensure students hear during reading time. And they days of just pens and paper are over. Nowadays, many schools are much more dependent on electronics.

“It’s just not like it used to be,” Sobieralski said. “It’s practically impossible to be at school without computers and internet.”

When equipment failed at the PG&E substation in Chico Monday morning, and more than 7,000 customers lost power, this school jumped into prevention mode.

“We decided to delay school until 9:15 a.m., which would be an hour late,” Sobieralski said. “We have an online communication system in which I was able to text all the families in the school.”

This alert went out to more than 600 cell phones warning parents, teachers and employees of the possible challenges.

“We’ve just come so far it would be very difficult and I don’t even know if it would be safe,” Sobieralski said of trying to run the school without electricity.

PG&E officials said this type of power outage doesn't happen very often and that they posted their best reliability scores ever in 2013.


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