October 21, 2014

Medina
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Phones out but orientation still on tonight at Claggett school

MEDINA — The day before the start of school can be stressful, but the situation is a lot worse without phones and Internet access to schedules, online materials and presentations.

That’s the predicament facing teachers and staff at Claggett Middle School today.

A fiber optic cable line broke Monday morning disconnecting phones and internet service in the building, Medina City Schools Superintendent Dave Knight said.

Knight said the technology department for the district and contractors are looking into where the break happened and how to get it fixed as quickly as possible.

Claggett was the only school affected by the fiber break.

“It’s a number one priority right now,” he said.  “It won’t be fixed before the open houses tonight, but we’re hoping within the next three days.”

The two orientations scheduled for Monday evening are still on, sixth graders at 5 p.m. and seventh and eighth graders at 7 p.m.

“The staff is a bit frantic, but we’re looking forward to meeting the students and the families,” he said.

Knight said Claggett teachers and staff will be scrambling without phones and online access to schedules, data and other materials stored online.

“We’ll be taking a step back in time and doing a more verbal sharing of information tonight, since teachers won’t have access to presentations and things like that,” he said. “It’s not the best thing to happened the day before school starts, but our staff is making the best of it and we’ll still have a good first day tomorrow.”