Homewood School, HCPSS offices affected by power outage

The Howard County Times
Students, staff at Homewood School and HCPSS Central Office have been in the dark the past two days

Students and staff at the Homewood School and Howard County Public School System Central Office have been in the dark the past two days.

Issues with an underground power line have caused power outages at both buildings located off Route 108 Monday and Tuesday forcing the Homewood School to send students home early each day.

Baltimore Gas and Electric spokesman Aaron Koos said temporary service to both buildings had been restored Tuesday afternoon and that crews expected to fix the problem permanently late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

A previous attempt to repair the issue Monday "didn't hold," Koos said.

Schools spokesperson Rebecca Amani-Dove confirmed that Homewood School students were released early at 10 a.m. Monday and at 1:10 p.m. Tuesday.

Amani-Dove said HCPSS expects school to go on as scheduled at Homewood Wednesday.

She said central office staff had been spread around the county, some working remotely and others in a darkened central office building.

"It hasn't impacted our operations at all," she said, adding that the power outage was more of a nuisance.

With temperatures in the high 20s to low 30s throughout Howard County Tuesday, Homewood staff said the chilly, dim classrooms didn't prevent them from moving forward with lessons.

"Our students expect us to teach, parents expect us to teach, and we expect to teach," said Tony Bell, a special education teacher at Homewood. "There are plenty of days when the snow is falling outside and young people are thinking about being elsewhere, but we're making sure they are still thinking about their education."

"We try to instill in our students grit and perseverance, so we should model that for them. It's business as usual with a few modifications; we adapt," added Alexandra Harryman, a science teacher at Homewood.

Centennial High School was closed Tuesday in an unrelated incident. A gas leak was reported early Tuesday, but had been repaired by late morning. 

The county math festival scheduled at Centennial will go on Tuesday evening as scheduled.

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