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Dark classrooms and even darker hallways.

That's what the 1500 students and 160 staff members had to deal with at Ridgewood and Glenview Middle School today - when the power when out.

"It isn't usually this time of year," says Kristin Humphries, Superintendent of East Moline Schools. "What I understand is that it was a blown transformer. And regardless whether that is done by branch or by ice, transformers can blow anytime of the year."

Even with the lights out and the heat off - Superintendent Humphries made the call to keep everyone in class.

"The temperatures are fine inside the building right now. It would take probably a good day or a good evening to have the building be to cold to come to school."

So the day continued as scheduled.

"The teachers are keeping everybody calm," says Humphries. "At first, when it comes down, the kids are like, what happened? The teachers do a great job of staying calm and the kids follow that right away."

And he says the teachers are good at quickly adjusting their lesson plans to adapt to the situation.

"If you had a lesson that you were preparing on a smartboards, you would have to change and be flexible. But teachers are amazing at being flexible and being able to adapt their plans on the go."

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