Winter Advisory: Statewide electrical outages affecting NISD

February 1, 2011

Northside ISD, like the rest of the city and the state, is experiencing short-term electrical outages. Because of the extreme cold temperatures, utility companies across the state – including CPS Energy – have been asked to implement “rolling brownouts” in an effort to conserve power and prevent long-term outages.

At any one time up to a dozen NISD schools could be affected. Schools are reporting that the outages are lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours. Please be assured that our school staff members are taking care of students and making sure they are safe. Because of the expected cold temperatures, heaters in all schools were left on overnight to ensure schools would be warm in the morning.

All weather-related cancellations of school events are being posted on the District’s website.

In addition, the NISD Child Nutrition Department will ensure all students are fed and will make alternate arrangements if a school is experience a power outage.

In some cases, after CPS restores power after a rolling brownout, the breakers are tripping and CPS has to dispatch a crew in order to restore power. When this occurs, it is impossible to determine the time period for the repair.

CPS does not have a schedule of when and what areas will experience brownouts, but their officials have told us they will be implementing outages off and on all day today, Thursday, and possibly Friday morning.

Because of the cold temperatures, all 110 NISD schools are opening their doors early through Friday so that students do not have to wait outside. Classes will begin per the regular schedule, and parents should plan accordingly. Here’s the schedule for when school buildings will be opened:

  • Elementary schools will open their doors at 7 a.m.
  • Middle schools will open their doors at 7:30 a.m.
  • High schools will open their doors at 8 a.m.

At this time, Northside ISD has no plans to cancel classes or close schools or offices early. The District will continue to post information via its website, SchoolMessenger, Twitter and Facebook and will communicate with local media.