Wi-Fi problems affect school productivity

Classrooms face difficulties


Lucy zumBrunnen

Junior Emma Amon works on a computer in the writing lab. Students have been experiencing Wi-Fi issues.

Kaia Myers

Sitting down to write his English essay, senior Ben Bryan was frustrated not by the essay assignment but by the lack of Wi-Fi.

“In my English class, the Wi-Fi went out for a solid 30 minutes and we had an essay (due) that we really needed to get done. It made things a lot more time consuming,” Bryan said. “It’s made classes more difficult when we’re trying to work on projects or essays.”

As Principal Scott Meyers reflected on the Wi-Fi issues, he said they are caused by a moving target problem on what to fix.

“There have been times throughout the school year where it’s been our internal issues. Then, there’s been issues with internet service providers in this area, so this whole area’s had some issues,” Meyers said. “Then, there are issues with external factors where Google or Microsoft or Apple set up their updates to pull at different times, and then when they go to update, it creates this huge pull on all of our devices.”

Social studies teacher Jillian Merkle said the problems with the Wi-Fi can present challenges as she’s had to adjust her class plan.

I can definitely attest they are working hard on it, trying to figure it out but its elusive because the target keeps changing

— Jillian Merkle

“I’ve had a couple days, especially at the beginning of the year, where what we were doing was pretty much all on the internet and so I had to, in the middle of class, completely change my lesson plan,” Merkle said.

Merkle said she’s mindful of the Wi-Fi going down and plans paper alternatives to her online lesson plan.

“What I’ll do now is if there’s something where I know that I am pretty reliant on (the internet), I’ll print off another thing that we could do just in case something does happen,” Merkle said.

Meyers said the school’s technicians are working to address the issues as they arise and discover what the problem is.

“I can definitely attest they are working hard on it, trying to figure it out but its elusive because the target keeps changing. I’m hopeful they can figure things out, because I know it’s been really frustrating,” Meyers said.