Power Outages Affect Schools (Updated 3:45 p.m.)
All power has been restored and the rolling blackouts have ended at our school locations.
At approximately 3:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, an explosion and fire at the Georgia Power substation on Veterans Parkway and U.S. Highway 301 South caused power outages for Georgia Power and Excelsior EMC customers. All of Bulloch County Schools' campuses had power by the start of the school day this morning.
The school system remained in contact with Georgia Power. They notified administrators that power from the damaged substation was being rerouted to other substations in the area; however, to prevent these other substations from overloading, they initiated rolling blackouts that lasted 30 minutes to one hour at a time throughout the day. This affected our schools Tuesday, but school operations proceeded as normal.
Bulloch County Schools' campuses are prepared to handle temporary outages. Each has backup generation to power emergency lighting and alarm systems and cafeterias always have meal options like cereals for breakfast and sack lunches that don't require cooking. Also teachers are prepared to teach with or without technology aids. If phone systems are affected, all schools are also equipped with 911 radio systems to reach local emergency personnel, and administrators have cellular telephones to which calls can be routed. Thank you parents and students for your patience.
Thank you as well to our public safety and electric utility personnel for their hard work to resolve this issue.
State Board Hosts Public Education Hearing
State Board of Education Member Allen Rice is hosting a hearing on public education for residents within the 12th Congressional District, which includes Bulloch County, on Thursday, August 28, in Vidalia, at the Vidalia Comprehensive High School located on 1001 West North Street. The State Board is hosting a total of 14 hearings across the state. The goal of these listening sessions is to hear comments from interested citizens and educators regarding the performance and problems of public education. As part of the State Board’s formal evaluation of the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards, the State Board also wishes to hear comments about the standards.
Superintendent Participates in Second House Cmmt. Meeting
Superintendent Charles Wilson is participating today in the second of three meetings of the Georgia House of Representatives' Study Committee on the Role of the Federal Government in Education (Committee). Wilson is one of three superintendents serving on the 16-member committee which held its first meeting on July 30 in Atlanta. The Committee is discussing the Common Core, the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards and other items where there is either a real or perceived role of the federal government in public education. All meetings will be video archived on the Georgia House of Representatives website at http://www.house.ga.gov/Committees/en-US/Government'sRoleInEducation.aspx
Keeping Students Safe & Cool in Hot Weather
It's hot, and extreme temperatures can be dangerous. Bulloch County Schools has plans and policies in place to help keep children safe and cool when these conditions occur.
Check out how transportation, recess, physical education classes and athletic practices are modified during extreme temperatures by clicking on the attached file.
Also, keep yourself safe. The Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency has Heat Tips on their website to help keep all citizens safe.
FCCLA Students Take Gold & Silver at Nationals
Four students, who are members of their high schools’ Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapters, brought home Gold and Silver medals from three separate National STAR competitions held July 6, during the 70th Annual National FCCLA Leadership Conference at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX. Competing in Nutrition and Wellness, Focus of Children, and Recycle and Redesign, students from Portal, Southeast Bulloch and Statesboro High schools all achieved national honors.
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