UPDATE: According to PG&E, power was restored to the school Wednesday afternoon.
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PASO ROBLES — A power outage Wednesday morning at Virginia Peterson Elementary School forced the staff to transport about 500 students to a nearby school for the remainder of the day, in accordance with the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District's school site safety plan.
According to the district, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is currently working to resolve the issue but does not expect the power to return today. Students were transported via school buses to Pat Butler Elementary School, about 1.7 miles away.
"Student safety is our priority," said the district in a statement released to parents and the press. "While this does disrupt the school day for our students and staff, students will remain with their teachers and will be warm, safe and actively engaged during this time."
Parents may pick up their children at Pat Butler, 700 Nicklaus St., between 11:30 and 1 p.m. All students will be returned to Virginia Peterson at 1:30 p.m. for dismissal. Students who participate in the ASES after-school program will remain at Pat Butler and can be picked up at the regular time.
"We do expect the power to be restored this evening and school to be back in session tomorrow morning. We will notify you if there are any changes," the district said.
Any questions may be directed to the district office at 769-1000.
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