Seattle Public Colleges’ return to distant studying will get off to tough begin with technical issues

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The primary lesson in distant studying is outwardly, “have patience.”

As Seattle Public Colleges kicked off the brand new college yr on Friday with one other go at on-line educating and studying, technical points plagued the expertise for a lot of college students making an attempt to attach from dwelling.

“We are currently experiencing slow internet and learning platform access due to the high volume of traffic this morning,” the district mentioned in alert message to households that flashed throughout the SPS website. “This has resulted in disruption of service on district issued laptops.”

SPS’ Division of Expertise Providers mentioned groups had been engaged on the problems and would replace once they had a decision. As of this afternoon, the district was unable to say how widespread the issue was, what number of college students had been making an attempt to attach, or whether or not the problems could be resolved earlier than college resumes subsequent week.

“There is no doubt that this fall will be challenging, and I am thankful for the ways our families, educators, and staff are working together to help all students succeed no matter the circumstances,” Superintendent Denise Juneau mentioned in a welcome message on Thursday. “One thing we have all learned during this pandemic is to expect the unexpected.”

Replace: In a cellphone message to folks late Friday afternoon, SPS acknowledged the “technical challenges” that many households skilled. The district mentioned repair was being deployed Friday night and that college students would wish to restart their school-provided units over the weekend, hook up with the web, log in and download a brand new software program replace, which might take greater than an hour. College students had been additionally inspired to start out their units as early as potential earlier than college resumes nest Tuesday.

With greater than 50,000 Ok-12 college students within the Washington state’s largest district, it was a tough begin to an already difficult scenario as households grappled with a return to highschool throughout the COVID-19 pandemic with out the bodily college. On social media, dad and mom tweeted about hassle with school-issued computer systems, incapability to entry particular on-line studying portals and being booted out of Microsoft Groups school rooms.

If they’d the choice, some college students deserted college units and tried utilizing their very own, however some tweets indicated that the connectivity issues endured.

In my own residence, my eighth grader watched his college PC spin for 20 minutes as he waited to connect with an orientation assembly. Makes an attempt to log in via his personal laptop didn’t show profitable till the brief first day of faculty was already nearly over.

For these whose summer time ended with the normal first day of faculty images, the look of these photos was fairly totally different due to the pandemic and distant studying. Some GeekWire readers took us up on our invitation to ship in photos of their children perched in entrance of laptops. For those who’d wish to be included, e-mail

First grader Bennett Hobson is on-line for his class at Catherine Blaine Ok-8 Faculty. (Picture courtesy of Erin Hobson)
One kindergartner’s second day of distant studying. (Picture courtesy of Shannon Ressler)
Again to highschool time for Jack. (Picture courtesy of Hollie Zepke-Value)
James Cook dinner on-line for the primary day in Seattle. (GeekWire Picture / John Cook dinner)
Nishka Anika Maddukuri, a fifth grader at Rachel Carson Elementary in Sammamish, Wash. (Picture courtesy of Dolly Maddukuri)
Jaypranith Maddukuri, a senior at Eastlake Excessive Faculty in Sammamish, Wash. (Picture courtesy of Dolly Maddukuri)

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