JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — 3:29 P.M. UPDATE:
Trinity Christian Academy announced Monday afternoon that school will start Thursday, August 15.
TCA sent the following statement:
Due to the complexity of the repairs and the extent of the damages caused by the lightning storm, Trinity Christian Academy will remain closed Tuesday and Wednesday. We are thankful for the expert crews from Miller Electric, CES Testing and Trinity maintenance, with assistance from JEA working to resolve the issues caused by the late-night lightning strikes.
In order to give ample time for full repairs, complete system check and inspections, our FIRST DAY will now be THURSDAY, August 15th.
CALENDAR MAKE UP DAYS WILL BE:
Thank you for your understanding. We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday!
On Monday, Trinity Christian Academy was forced to cancel all of its first day of school classes.
Janell Lancaster's 9-year-old daughter, Ayana Parker, was looking forward to the first day of school at Trinity Christian Academy.
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"She was already dressed and all ready for school and I said, 'You did everything?' She said, 'Yes ma'am, I'm just waiting on you to wake up,' so she was so excited," Lancaster said.
Lancaster looked down and saw the notifications on her phone and she had to break the news to her daughter.
"She was like, 'Wait, what?' I was like, 'Yeah baby, you're not going to be able to go,'" Lancaster said.
"I was looking forward to seeing my friends and surprising them and all of that," Ayana Parker said.
Parents told Action News Jax they got an alert early Monday morning that classes would be cancelled at Trinity Christian Academy because the power was out.
Staff members told us it happened because of a lightning strike.
The school sent out a tweet saying that last night, a storm took out the power on campus.
Sky Action News Jax flew over trinity Christian Academy.
Parents said they drove by in the morning and it was pitch black.
Action News Jax tried calling Trinity Christian Academy but got no answer, and we also went on campus and spoke with the school's security staff, who told us that no one was in the building, but they have contractors looking into the power outage.
We reached out to JEA, and they told us they aren't responsible for the school's power because the campus owns its own equipment on its side of the meter.
Still, parents like Lancaster are hopeful.
"We'll start over again tomorrow, same game plan, hopefully everything's fixed so we can do this tomorrow," she said.
Staff outside Trinity Christian Academy told us once contractors finish their work, they'll send out an alert to parents.
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