MORRIS — A power outage in Morris forced an early dismissal for Morris Community High School on Friday afternoon.
The power went out at MCHS at approximately 12:25 p.m., according to Morris principal Kelly Hussey. It hadn't been restored by 1:30, so he made the decision to release the students early.
"We called [Sartoga District 60c superintendent] Kathy Perry to release the high school buses," Hussey said. "About the time they got running, we got our power back. But, by that time, we had students on the way out to their cars or had arranged for rides and the buses were on their way. It's hard to call all that back, so we just let them go.
"So, for once, the high school principal got to be a hero to the kids."
White Oak and Shabbona Schools in District 54 also experienced brief power outages, but power was restored and the students remained in school unti the regular dismissal times.
According to the ComEd website, approximately 1,100 customers were affected by the outage, which was no longer listed on the site as of 2 p.m.