A power pole fire has caused an early dismissal today at Kenwood Elementary in Fort Walton Beach. The Okaloosa County School District said the downed power pole was the main source of electricity for the school, requiring it to be replaced.
With no power, Kenwood Elementary had to stagger student dismissals starting at 10:36am today. “We are releasing students on a staggered schedule for pickup by approved individuals with proper identification,” wrote the Okaloosa County School District.
- Kindergarteners and 3rd graders were dismissed first at 10:36am.
- Second and 5th grade students followed at 11am, with 1st and 4th graders released last at 11:30am.
- Parents were instructed to follow signs on campus to the correct pickup locations.
The school district said supervision will be provided for students who cannot be picked up right away. Lunch will also still be served. Buses are expected to run on their regular schedules.
However, the power outage has forced the cancellation of all after school activities and child care programs at Kenwood Elementary today.
School officials said they hope to have power restored and classes back in session tomorrow.
“We appreciate your patience as we work as quickly as possible to get your students to you safely,” the district said in a statement.