Henrico elementary school closes early after blown transformer knocks out power

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. – A Henrico elementary school will close early Thursday morning due to a power outage caused by a blown transformer.

School officials said students at Maybeury Elementary School will be dismissed beginning at 10:30 a.m.
"If we can keep folks informed all along the way its amazing the kind of teamwork that ends up happening in order to have the best possible outcome for the kids," Andy Jenks, Henrico County Public Schools.

In a message to parents, school officials said they choose to close the school because it could take several hours for a new transformer to be up and running.

"We are sorry for this inconvenience," Henrico Schools spokesperson Andy Jenks said.

Parents commended the response of the school system saying they have alerted them throughout the entire process.

"It was a hiccup for the day but the school and the county handled it appropriately and I felt very informed in the matter," said Ricky Johnston.

School officials have released their dismissal plan:

  • Parents are welcome to come to the school and pick up their student(s) as soon as possible.
  • Bus transportation will be available to take students home beginning at 10:30 a.m. Officials asked parents and guardians ro meet their student at the bus stop.
  • Students on the bus who are not met at the bus stop by a parent or guardian will be driven back to Maybeury where teachers and staff will take good care of them.
  • Daycare and after-school providers are being contacted to take those students early.
  • Please call the main office at (804) 750-2650 if you need to make alternate arrangements for your child.

This is a developing story. Witnesses can send news tips, photos, and video here.

School officials do not expect Thursday's power outage to impact school on Friday.

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