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JCPS Officials Say They're Ready For Classes Wednesday

Officials at Jefferson County Public Schools say power, Internet and phone service have been restored at all schools and facilities and they’re ready to start the new academic year tomorrow.The start of school was delayed by two days due to power and other outages caused by Saturday’s severe weather.JCPS Director of Facilities and Transportation Mike Mulheirn says electricity was restored Tuesday to all the dozens of schools knocked offline, but many were still without phone and Internet service."On the first day of school we anticipate maybe 7,200 calls. We get 2,000 here (at the JCPS service center). And we have each of the 13 bus compounds, we anticipate 400 calls on the first day of school there. So phones are critical," he said.Mulheirn says it will be up to the board of education to decide exactly when the two missed instructional days will be made up. More back-to-school information can be found here.

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