Only one calamity day was used by the Olentangy school district after a Sept. 14 wind storm cause widespread power outages.

Only one calamity day was used by the Olentangy school district after a Sept. 14 wind storm cause widespread power outages.

Amanda Morris, district communications director, said students were not scheduled to be in classes Sept. 15 because of a professional development day.

Buildings across the district were closed on Sept. 16 and the district was on a two-hour delay as electricity was returned to the buildings Sept. 17.

"Certainly our first priority is ... providing the best learning environment possible for our students to be able to get to school in an appropriate manner and take advantage of the learning opportunity," Morris said.

The maintenance and custodial staffs were working in the buildings and on the grounds, as they typically do after winter storms, removing debris.

Without power, Morris said, the Internet and telephone lines were down.

On Sept. 16, power was restored to all but two buildings, Arrowhead and Johnnycake Corners elementary schools.

Morris said school officials were told there was a good chance they would have power Sept. 17. The district announced a two-hour delay through broadcast media and its Web site, and, "Everything came up on time." An e-mail alert also was sent out.

The board of education previously approved a calendar which calls for June 3, 4, 5, 8 and 9 to be used as make-up days if the district is forced to use all of its calamity days, according to Morris.

She said she was in a meeting on Sept. 17 and out of the 10 to 15 people present, only one person did not have power.