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UPDATE: Schools in Billings Heights open as power restored

Posted at 6:32 AM, Feb 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:50:02-04

Update: At about 7:20 a.m., Superintendent Greg Upham said power had been restored to the schools in the Heights and classes would begin immediately.

“We have been notified that the power is on in all schools,” the district said in a statement. “Normal school operation will resume. Students will not be counted tardy this morning due to the disruption.”

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BILLINGS – NorthWestern Energy reported customers in the Billings Heights lost power Monday morning.

According to the power company’s electric service outage map,  two power outages affected the area. A total of about 3,000 customers were affected.

The outage also forced School District 2 to delay classes at Skyview, Castle Rock, Medicine Crow, Bitterroot, and Beartooth schools.

Classes will start as soon as power is restored. Parents are asked to keep kids at home and check the school district web site.

The outage is expected to be fixed later Monday morning. No cause was listed.

Here’s the statement from Billings school officials:

Due to a power outage in parts of the Heights, the following schools will have a delayed start, to be announced when we have a better estimate of when power will resume. Please keep your students home until further notice if at all possible.

The following schools impacted are as follows:
Skyview
Castle Rock
Medicine Crow
Bitterroot
Beartooth

Buses will run normal routes so no students are left in the cold. Once students have arrived safely, it will be determined if we need to move students to an alternate location.

Please continue to check the Billings Public Schools website for updates.