Massive power outage impacts SF schools during state testing

Almost two dozen schools in San Francisco lost power Friday morning, shutting off the internet during timed state testing for at least two schools, according to a San Francisco Unified School District official.

The outages were part of a widespread blackout in San Francisco that affected up to 90,000 PG&E customers at one point Friday.

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SFUSD spokesperson Gentle Blythe said 21 schools reported power and internet outages after 9 a.m., including two schools where students were taking the statewide Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium, which generally requires internet access.

“Some schools are in the middle of SBAC testing,” Blythe said. “We will need to look into, depending on each situation… how that would affect the outcome.”

Blythe said it has yet to be determined whether students will have to retake portions of the test.

“Even if it doesn’t require internet access it’s all computer based,” Board of Education President Shamann Walton said. “Non-power is problematic.”

Walton said schools have contingency plans for events like this.

“We always build in some time to take into account for people who may have to retest or people who may miss days of schools,” Walton said.

Annie Bauccio, interim executive director of Parents for Public Schools, said she is not concerned about the power outage having a “huge impact” on SBAC testing.

“This is not the kind of thing…

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