Fires Damage Internet Cable for Canby, Other School Districts

A fire in Clackamas County destroyed a fiber line that provides internet to the Canby School District (as well as other school districts in the county), officials confirmed Tuesday.

This, along with other internet and power outages affecting district families, caused Canby to cancel its first day of distance and online learning Tuesday.

“At this time, all internet and phones are down in our school buildings,” district spokeswoman Autumn Foster said in an email. “The county is working to repair this fiber line. … The county’s priority right now is to connect first responders who are without internet service.”

Foster added that other municipalities are also affected, including areas of Oregon City, West Linn, Wilsonville and Lake Oswego.

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“Our technology team has been working to route student and staff authentication to a different server so their devices will work,” Foster said.

She advised parents and students that have internet service to turn on and connect their district-issued mobile device so it can receive critical updates.

“In order for students to take part in live instruction, the devices need these updates,” she explained.

At this point, the district expects to return to begin instruction in both models — connected at-home learning (hybrid) and the online academy — tomorrow: Wednesday, Sept. 9.

If a continued internet disruption impacts the district’s ability to virtually connect, staff will update the community as soon as possible.

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