2013-2014 News Slider — 11 April 2014
Two days offline

An Internet outage forces temporary changes at OHS

By Aegis Staff

A weekend power outage wiped out Internet access for Oakland High School for almost two full school-days last week, according to school administrators.

Assistant principal Anisa Rasheed said that AT&T expected to restore the school’s Internet connectivity by noon on Wednesday, April 2, but most teachers didn’t see their service restored until after the end of school Wednesday. The outage interfered with classes, administration, and other school services.

“I hope that we get the Internet back up as soon as possible,” said the Wellness Center’s Operations Coordinator Pearn Arias, better known as “Ms. P,” on Wednesday morning. “The Wellness Center needs it to get back on track with our work.” She said that the Center relies on Internet access for paperwork, printing, and storing confidential information.

Teachers had to adapt their lesson plans when they arrived to an offline school on Tuesday morning. Some were frustrated that they were not able to follow their scheduled plans.

Digital Design teacher Diane Johnson assigned worksheets since students couldn’t complete their computer-based assignments without Internet access. In anticipation of another day offline, Biology teacher Vi Bui downloaded an instructional video to her computer at home on Tuesday night so that she was prepared for Wednesday’s lessons.

Administrator Rasheed said that the outage made her work more difficult, and that she had to deal with the problem using the traditional means of pen and paper.

As Oakland High School students increasingly store their work in Internet-based applications, such as Google Drive, the Internet outage interfered with students’ ability to work on their class assignments.

Senior Judy Chao shared a common concern that the outage made it difficult for seniors to complete their senior projects, which are due to English teachers next week. She dismissed the suggestion that a lack of Internet access would allow students to focus better on their work, saying that the Internet doesn’t distract older students as much.

“As seniors, people are more mature about decisions they can make,” said Chao.

Aegis staffers Irene Benschop, Katie Bith, Julie Cheam, Amani Cooper, Alex Dip, Boston Fortenberry, James Hoang, and Shanina Mask contributed to this article.

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Lara Trale teaches Journalism and English at Oakland High School. Ms. Trale has been the faculty adviser to the Aegis since 2008.

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