UPDATE: Districts in the affected area were told to expect power back on no later than 4:00am Wednesday. Administrators said they planned to start and end school at the normal times barring any further problems.
That early morning goal was nearly 24 hours away when administrators were making last-minute plans for what to do Tuesday. Partial power outages at many campuses fooled some districts into thinking they'd dodged a bullet.
"The marquee was working," Leverett's Chapel High School Principal Mark Perry said. "So that's why we really didn't have any idea about this until we got to school today."
Even at campuses with power, things were off. Many districts now depend on a centralized computer system to run a large portion of their operations. At Arp ISD, the servers for that system are in the high school, which did not have power.
"It's vital these days," Arp High School Assistant Principal Shannon Arrington said. "Because everything we do through attendance, whether it goes through PEIMS or back to the state, how we are able to save it and sent it on to the next person is pretty important."
Arrington said he did not expect a make-up day because the state usually grants waivers in the case of brief power outages. He cautioned that nothing was guaranteed, though.
(KYTX) - Thousands of East Texans are without power because of the storms.
Kilgore ISD is delaying the start of classes for all schools by 2 hours because of power outages and flooded roads in the area. We've also got word that Rusk ISD and Alto ISD have canceled classes for today because of power outages.
Leverett's Chapel ISD will release students at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, buses will run at 10:30 a.m.
Arp ISD will release students at noon Tuesday.