Where are the lights?

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Amanda Litke

Power Lines down in Indigo Lakes, Magnolia.

In April, many of us woke up to no electricity in our houses. The storm had knocked half of the district out of power and with was put on a two hour delay.

Superintendent Dr. Todd Stevens made the call at 6:30 in the morning to delay school due to power outages.

When students arrived at school Wednesday, they had just gotten the message from the district and were not permitted to leave and the school would be treated as a normal day.

To those who did arrive before the message was sent, students were taken care of in the commons by administration and teachers who had arrived.

“When the school district makes the call for all campuses to come in, it’s just for the money, personally I think,”  sophomore Taylor Myer said.

Some schools went without power from 4:56 AM until 9:00 AM on the East side of the district, while half of the West side went without power until 11:23.

When the power came back on, Dr. Brandon Garza, principal at Magnolia West, had dismissed the students at 11:00 AM sharply per the district instructions according to emails received by the staff.

“I had just gotten to my car when all of the traffic had disappeared and BANG, the power came back on. I was not about to go back into the building and have school. I proceeded to head out of the parking lot and left the school,” junior Destiny Cox said

MISD declared students do not have to makeup any of the days that were delayed due to the flooding which occurred the week before. The TEA exempted certain school districts for up to two days.  MISD had accumulated enough minutes to be able to be exempt from making those days up.  

“I am so glad that we don’t have to make up anything, because that would cut into my summer. My family takes a vacation every year and we leave on June second, every year,”  junior Howard Buckley said.