Update as of 4 p.m.: A JCPS spokeswoman says student attendance was 60 percent today. The average daily attendance for Ballard is 94 percent.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Many Ballard High students arriving at school Thursday morning were left in the dark, as a transformer fire left the school without electricity.
Jennifer Brislin, a spokeswoman for Jefferson County Public Schools, told WDRB News at 8 a.m. that LG&E crews were on scene and that backup generators were being used.
"They are on normal operation," Brislin said, which prompted several parents and students to send the WDRB newsroom pictures of the school's courtyard, hallways and gym filled with students.
Several students WDRB News spoke to off campus said "more than half their peers went home."
Some said they got sick of waiting around in the dark and decided to leave, saying they weren't given instruction and no one tried to stop them from leaving.
That left some parents concerned about how the rest of the day will go for the students who stayed.
"At this point I really don't know what to do," says a Ballard parent who did not want to be identified. "I don't know what they're learning, I mean if they're just sitting there and (teachers) aren't going to teach, my opinion is teach the ones that are there. My children didn't leave. And I didn't come and pick them up. If they're in attendance, I would expect them to be educated."
Power was fully restored to the school around 10:17 a.m., Brislin said.
Power is back on @BHSBRUINS after transformer fire. Students will now resume normal schedule.— JCPS (@JCPSKY) March 31, 2016
As for how many students left, we're still waiting on attendance numbers from the district.
Reporter Antoinette Konz covers K-12 education for WDRB News. She can be reached at 502-585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.
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