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Zoom outage disrupts first day of online classes for many Imperial Valley students

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Zoom outage on the first day back at school worries many

EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - On Monday morning, the popular video conference site "zoom" was down.

Today also happened to be the first day back at school for many.

Zoom was up and running by noon, but this posed the question of whether or not distance learning would encounter more technological problems.

Brawley school district superintendent said they had to be creative with how today’s school day would go 

“We realized it was a, I mean as early as 730 and umm probably the main thing that we did is I sent out an email saying that being able to use what's called asynchronies method which means you don’t need live instruction for you know so for instance, practicing problems or something along those lines,” said Dr.Richard Rundhaug, Brawley Superintendent.

The students worked on pre assigned work while this outage was going on.  

This was also a learning experience as technical difficulties could occur at any moment 

“The one thing that we learned out of this that what we experience was you know we felt google classroom was our backup plan but then we got some feedback that some teachers weren’t prepared for that so that was a learning lesson for us that all of our teachers need to be trained on that,”he said.

In the Brawley School District Kindergarten through second grade use google classroom. 

In Calipatria school district they have also opted to use Google classroom

“There’s been some issues but haven’t heard too many other than lots of confusion about how to get on and that kind of thing, but for the younger students it’s the parents that are having trouble logging on,” said Sonia Herrera, Attendance Clerk.  

Another popular site used for instruction—CANVAS was also down this morning. 

No word yet on what caused the ZOOM outage.

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