A power outage at Craig Elementary School in Niskayuna Tuesday morning caused the school day to end early for students there.
The school lost power around 10 a.m., said Craig Principal Bill Anders in a statement on the district website.
School stayed open for almost two additional hours before the district began sending kids home.
“Natural light and a battery backup that provides some lighting on a short-term basis allowed classes to continue for a time after the power went out,” district spokesman Matt Leon said. “However, when the power did not resume it became clear that we needed to dismiss students early as a matter of health and safety.”
Leon said the district called, texted and emailed parents about the early dismissal around 11:50 a.m. Dismissal began around 12:15 p.m., with parent pickup at 12:30 p.m. All students were either picked up or dropped off by bus, he said.
Parent-Teacher Association co-president Jocelyn Rockower said the early dismissal was of concern.
“However, the details provided to us were in regards to the safety of the children and removing them from the building as soon as possible and in the safest way possible,” she said. “We are happy Craig Elementary and their staff worked hard to ensure the safety of our children”.
Kindergarteners through third-grade students had lunch before dismissal.
National Grid was notified of the outage around 10:30 a.m., said Patrick Stella, a National Grid spokesman.
He said the outage occurred because water from the rain that fell throughout the morning had leaked into an underground electric vault.
“We had to pump water out and make repairs to equipment,” he said. “Power was restored at 1:30 p.m.”
The repair costs do not fall on the district, Stella said. Stella said the equipment that was being repaired belonged to National Grid and is therefore paid for by money collected from customer bills.
The National Weather Service station in Albany measured a rainfall of 2.19 inches over the last couple of days, said meteorologist Michael Main.