The cutting of a fiber line disrupted some activities Monday in Nash County Public Schools and delayed the school board meeting that was slated for Monday night.
Families with students in the school district received a message from the school district Monday concerning the technical issues.
“A community fiber line has been cut, compromising internet connectivity from Raleigh to Rocky Mount. As a result, the phones and internet are down at all of our schools. Online zoom classes may be impacted. We will keep you posted on when connectivity is restored,” the statement said.
Christine Catalano, executive director of strategic planning and engagement for Nash County Public Schools, said in an interview Monday that the issue did impact Zoom classes.
“We were unable to have ZOOM classes, but students learning at home were able to access materials from their teachers on their learning management systems,” Catalano said. “In-person classes went on as normal. We were able to use cell phones to connect to schools.”
The school district’s internet providers said that the exact location of the breach was found about 3 p.m. Monday. Crews were planning to work through the night if needed to repair the line, Catalano said.
“We expect to have service restored by Tuesday morning,” she said Monday.
Several meetings of the Nash County Board of Education also were impacted by the outage and were rescheduled for Thursday.
The school board will hold an Administrative Services and Operations Committee Meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday.
At that meeting, the committee will hold an in-depth discussion about the possibility of closing the building at 224 South Pearl St. that houses the Tar River Academy and moving those students to other locations.
One option being considered is moving high school students at Tar River Academy to the current science building at Rocky Mount Middle School at some point, likely this summer. Under this plan, middle school students who attend Tar River Academy would be relocated to the evening academies at each student’s base school.
Another topic that will be discussed by the Administrative Services and Operations Committee will be selling the old Rocky Mount High School Municipal Baseball Stadium.
The school board also will hold an Academic Services and Accountability Committee Meeting at 5:45 p.m. Thursday.
At this meeting, members of the committee will discuss the proposed Nash Every Digital Academy, an online learning program for students in grade K-12. Other issues, including the K-3 class size waiver request, also will be discussed.
At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the entire school board will hold a work meeting in closed session.
The regular school board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday. Action is expected to be taken on the Tar River Academy and selling the old baseball stadium. Other matters, including the district mental health plan, donations and policy updates also will be among the items under discussion.
The public can view all public portions of the meetings at https://www.youtube.com/c/PRDptment/www.ncpschools.net.
Public comments also will be allowed at the regular 7 p.m. meeting. Members of the public will have the opportunity to submit public comments either virtually, by email or in person, under certain circumstances. Each person is limited to one public comment, whether written or spoken, per meeting.
Any person or group may contact Catalano at 252-567-3003 or firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate their desire to address the board. The deadline is noon the day of the board meeting, according to a press release from the school district.