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3 Middletown schools without power Wed. morning

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Three schools in Middletown Area School District were without power for a couple of hours Wednesday morning, said Superintendent Lori Suski.

Suski said the power went out at Robert Reid Elementary, Middletown Middle School and Middletown High School around 10 a.m. All three schools are located on the same campus.

PPL told Suski the outage was caused by a downed utility pole at the Turnpike Plaza. Classes and school activities were able to continue as normal during the outage. Backup generators provided supplemental power and a modified lunch was served.

Power was restored to the elementary and middle schools within an hour while the high school was without power until around 12:30 p.m.

Suski said the administration was originally told power would be restored to the high school by noon. When it wasn't and PPL said it could take an additional hour -- or more -- to be restored, she said the district began to prepare for an early dismissal but, while they were doing so, the power came back on.

This plan keeps with normal protocol, Suski said, which dictates that if an outage is expected to be more than an hour long and the electric company can't provide reasonable assurance that it will be restored shortly, the school will then begin to contemplate an early dismissal.

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