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A power outage Wednesday morning at the Central Office cut off more than 70 East Baton Rouge Parish public schools from the internet before it was restored shortly after noon.

The internet connectivity to schools and other administrative sites came down after Central Office, located at 1050 S. Foster Drive in Baton Rouge, lost electrical power overnight. Internet to schools was restored when the power came back on at Central Office around 12:30 p.m. 

School and administrative sites, unlike Central Office, still had power, air-conditioning and working phones all day. The 14 charter school overseen by the school system were unaffected by the outage and functioned normally.

Alex Stubbs, chief of communications for the school system, said school officials first learned that there was an outage at 11 p.m. Tuesday, but its severity was not clear until around 3 a.m. Wednesday.

Stubbs said a backup generator that powers Central Office during outages like those after Hurricane Ida last month failed Wednesday due to a "mechanical error" and is being examined. She said the generator is inspected weekly and was functioning normally at last check.

Stubbs said all Central Office employees, except those working on restoration, stayed home Wednesday to telework or came to work and went back home after it became clear that power would be out for awhile, she said.


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