An extended power outage affecting parts of northern Jackson County has prompted the cancellation of classes at Shady Cove and Elk Trail schools, officials at Eagle Point School District said.

An extended power outage affecting parts of northern Jackson County has prompted the cancellation of classes at Shady Cove and Elk Trail schools, officials at Eagle Point School District said.

After being notified that electrical service would be out until about 12:30 p.m. in Shady Cove and Trail, school officials canceled classes in the schools that were left without heat, water and sanitation services, a message on the district's website said.

School staff contacted parents prior to the 10 a.m. cancellation to verify whether students would have a place to go when released from school.

Schools only released students whose parents had been notified. Buses left Elk Trail at 10 a.m. and Shady Cove at 10:10 a.m.

If parents were unavailable, students will be kept at school, officials said. Teachers will remain at both schools to supervise students, and regular afternoon bus routes will run as usual.

The power outage was caused by a fallen transmission line. It knocked out power to 7,251 customers in the Shady Cove, Prospect and Sams Valley areas shortly after 5 a.m., said Pacific Power spokesman Monte Mendenhall. At 7:30, the company switched to other sources, restoring electricity to more than half the customers, but work is continuing to restore service to all.

— Anita Burke