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Weather, power outages disrupt RISD plans

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What was to be the first day back in classrooms for about half of the elementary students in Roswell Independent School District ended up being a day off from classes for all students because of planned power outages.

Tuesday was to be the first day RISD moved to the hybrid learning model, with students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade in the A group attending classes in person, with the B group learning remotely.

Late Monday, however, the district announced in-person classes were canceled as the cold temperatures had caused the diesel fuel in buses to gel. All students were to have remote classes.

Early Tuesday morning, however, controlled power outages by Xcel Energy to compensate for high demand shut down the district’s computer servers.

“Without the servers, no one could log into Canvas or Apex,” RISD Superintendent Mike Gottlieb said, referring to the online learning platforms the district uses.

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Gottlieb said the servers were restarted around 10 a.m. and the district’s technology staff was checking that the software was running smoothly for remote learning on Wednesday.

In the hybrid model, Wednesdays are remote days for all students while buildings are cleaned and sanitized.

On Thursday and Friday, elementary grade B group students are scheduled to be in classrooms. Sixth- and ninth-grade A group will be in classrooms as an orientation to their new schools on Thursday, and the B group sixth- and ninth-graders will be in classrooms Friday.

On Monday, all grade levels will start hybrid learning following the A-B schedule.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.