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Lights out means school’s out for two District schools today.
D.C. Public Schools says students at Woodrow Wilson High School and Alice Deal Middle School in Tenleytown have been let out early because of a power outage in the area. The sites are just blocks away from each other:
“Both Wilson High School and Deal Middle School have been impacted, and we closed both schools early,” a DCPS spokesperson said in a statement. “Wilson notified all parents of Wilson’s closure and dismissed students between 9:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. this morning. At Deal, Principal [James] Albright also contacted parents and staggered dismissal times. At both schools, staff will stay at the buildings until all students have been picked up by parents.”
A Pepco spokesperson noted that the outage appears to be “straightforward,” and power could return soon. In a letter to the community this morning, Albright wrote that “a Pepco transformer near Whole Foods went out of commission at around 7:20 [a.m.],” disrupting facilities. An announcement on Wilson’s website explains “school will resume as normal tomorrow.”
According to the My School DC portal, Wilson and Deal served more than 3,000 students total in the 2014–15 academic year. They are located at 3950 Chesapeake St. NW and 3815 Fort Drive NW, respectively.