Power outages lead to school closures

Thousands left without power

Several Toronto schools have been forced to close today due to power outages after the GTA was hit with bad weather. The outages began Tuesday night and continued into the morning.

Toronto District School Board (TDSB) spokesperson Ryan Bird said that it won’t take too much of a toll on the school year.

“It’s not often that we would get this many affected by a power outage,” Bird said in an phone interview. “They are being relocated so the day is still there, but one day like this doesn’t affect the school year.”

Bird said local principals and superintendents are the ones who decide when schools are closed.

The schools are prepared for most emergencies, but not for something as severe and sudden as this.

“Generally there may be some emergency lighting,” Bird said. “But not enough to run an entire school for an entire day.”