Parents upset after power problems continue to close Detroit schools

Detroit (WXYZ) - Detroit (WXYZ) - Parents with kids in the Detroit Public School District are voicing concerns.  They say first it was snow, then it was cold, and now power outages are costing kids their education.

Five schools in Detroit had to close on Thursday due to power problems. It was an improvement from Tuesday when 28 DPS and several Educational Achievement Authority schools closed but parents don't see it that way.

“Our kids need to be in school,” said Hattie Henderson as she tried to drop off her grandson, only to learn his school was closed.  

"We share our parents' frustration with the number of days of school lost due to the ongoing power issues with the City of Detroit's power grid and [we] are doing everything within our power to assist in getting our students back into their schools, because we know that nothing can replace direct classroom instruction,” said Michelle Zdrodowski, Chief Communications Officer at DPS.

"Our Superintendent of Academics is closely monitoring the situation and is formulating a plan to ensure that our students' education is not impacted because of these power outages. Options include adding minutes to the end of the day or days to the end of the year. The final decision will be based on what is best for our students' education,” said Zdrodowski.

The city had no estimate available as to when the power would be fully restored.

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