Outages close two Charlotte elementary schools

Power outages closed two Charlotte elementary schools on Wednesday as students prepared to begin end-of-grade testing.

Both David Cox Road Elementary near West W.T. Harris Boulevard in northeast Charlotte and Beverly Woods Elementary on Quail Hollow Road in south Charlotte decided to send students home shortly after school began when the electricity failed.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools said both schools have plans to make up the end-of-grade tests scheduled for Tuesday.

“We made this decision with the safety of our students in mind,” Beverly Woods principal Caroline Horne said in a phone message alert to parents. “Very high temperatures are expected today, and there is no air conditioning or telephone service expected in our school until much later today.”

Officials at both schools said students who’d already arrived for classes were under the safe supervision of staff until their parents picked them up.

Both elementary schools were scheduled to administer end-of-grade exams Wednesday, but the decision was made to close the school before testing had begun, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools spokeswoman Renee McCoy said.

David Cox Road will make up exams Thursday and Friday. Beverly Woods will make up its exams Thursday, Friday and Monday.

The schools are still safely within the testing window of dates mandated by the state.

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