Arlington schools to resume distance learning after network outage

This story is part of “Parenting in a Pandemic,” WTOP’s continuing coverage of how parents are dealing with child care, schooling and more through the coronavirus pandemic.

Distance learning for public schools in Arlington County, Virginia, will resume Thursday after it was canceled Wednesday because of a network outage.

The Northern Virginia school district tweeted that it had suffered a major network outage traced to a fiber cut, which occurred late Tuesday afternoon. Its internet provider was not able to restore service in time for the start of virtual classes Wednesday.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and again, thank you for your patience,” Arlington Public Schools tweeted.

Students did not have access to the online learning portal. Wednesday’s deadline for making Level 2 selections in ParentVUE for pre-K to fifth grade students was extended to Oct. 23.

Meal services were not affected.

In what appears to be an unrelated incident, Arlington County’s website was down since just before noon Tuesday. The county posted a temporary page with links to some services, and to its Facebook page.

The police department’s page was also inaccessible, but 911 service was not affected.

Students in the county started the semester with virtual learning due to the coronavirus pandemic.

WTOP’s Laura Spitalniak contributed to this report.

Alejandro Alvarez

Alejandro Alvarez joined WTOP as a digital journalist and editor in June 2018. He is a reporter and photographer focusing on politics, political activism and international affairs.

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

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