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Niskayuna High weekend activities canceled after power outage

Niskayuna High weekend activities canceled after power outage

District officials still uncertain whether school will reopen Monday
Niskayuna High weekend activities canceled after power outage
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NISKAYUNA -- All weekend activities at Niskayuna High School were canceled Friday as school district officials work to repair the school’s heating system after a Wednesday afternoon power outage.

School was canceled for a second day at the high school Friday, but students at the district’s elementary and middle schools returned to class Friday after school was closed Thursday.

The power outage that took down the high school’s heating systems also affected computer systems used across the district, forcing the closures Thursday of all the district’s schools. The high school was running a generator Friday.

While younger students were able to go back to school Friday, it remained too cold at the high school for class. The district was working to repair the system Friday.

“The heating was coming back on line at the high school," district spokesman Matt Leon said Friday afternoon. "We are continuing to work through getting the heating system back."

As of Friday afternoon, district officials had not made a decision about whether the high school would reopen Monday.

“We are optimistic that we will be able to open the high school on Monday,” the district wrote in a note on its website Friday. “However, families should be prepared for the possibility that we will not be able to open school.”

Even if school does reopen Monday, officials warned some areas of the building, like the gym, may be too cold to use. They urged students to “dress accordingly.” The outage also damage the school’s pool heater, so the pool will be closed until further notice.

Leon said district officials planned to make a decision about whether class would be held Monday at the high school sometime over the weekend and that they would communicate the decision to families.

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