Ft. Dorchester High School extends virtual learning because of electrical failure

Published: Sep. 17, 2021 at 7:41 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2021 at 12:10 PM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Dorchester County School District 2 officials said a “catastrophic failure” of the main electric switch gear will force Fort Dorchester High School to remain in virtual learning into next week.

DD2 spokesperson Pat Raynor said the failure will require the school’s main electrical system to be replaced, which means emergency eLearning will continue through Tuesday.

“The district has partnered with local contractors, international vendors, and Schneider Electric, USA, and have made a nationwide search to gather all material necessary to replace the main switch gear for FDHS,” Raynor said in a statement. “Replacement parts will be arriving from several different states and crews will be working throughout the weekend and into early next week to make the necessary repairs so that we can safely return to campus and in-person learning.”

The district initially expected students to be able to return to in-person classes on Monday before the extent of the failure became clear.

Raynor said parents and staff members will be notified when power is restored, but the district expects students to be able to return to the school on Wednesday.

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