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The principal of South Junior High has repeatedly stated that since the building lacks windows, the hallways and rooms would be completely dark in the event of fire or power failure. Is the school not required to have battery-powered emergency lighting like other public access buildings?

Principal Russell Blackbird has said the building is completely dark if it loses power and the backup generator does not come on.

State code requires schools to have backup power systems capable of running for at least 90 minutes, said Tom Bracciano, operations and facility planning director for the district.

Bracciano said he was not aware of any codes that require schools to have lighting powered by batteries in case of a power outage.

South Junior High's backup generator is powered by natural gas, as are the backup generators at schools like Free State High and Southwest Junior High, Bracciano said.


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