Power back on in Clay Township, classes will resume at Clay High School

Despite a power outage Tuesday night, one South Bend High School is expected to be back in session Thursday.

Wednesday both Clay High School and Darden Elementary didn't have power.

Classes at Clay High School were cancelled but since Darden is a much smaller school, the classes were still held as planned.

At Darden electricity was being used on a limited basis using the back-up generator.

Students studied in the dark, using natural light.

There was limited computers use and no air conditioning. Plus without a working oven students were served cold "sack" lunches on the first day of school.

As Superintendent Dr. Carol Schmidt explained Clay High doesn't have as many windows and couldn't get by on generators alone. “We had no business opening that school. If we had to take all those drastic steps plus the overriding factors was the safety with no lights. There are multiple classrooms there that are completely dark. The other piece is the second floor, without any air conditioning, is very uncomfortable.”

The biggest problem the schools face was getting the students ready to go back.

The power went out before both schools could hold student orientation. Primarily the Clay freshman wouldn’t have known which classrooms or teachers to see on the first day of school.


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