Story by Lindsay Long, Justice Nawman and Warner Otto, photo by Warner Otto
When students and teachers returned from winter break the first week of January, the school district had decided to make the wifi unavailable on all personal devices.
“I think it’s wrong and they should try to bring [the wifi] back for the sake of the students and teachers,” sophomore Isaiah Washington said.
Having no wifi on a personal device makes it very hard for students to look things up during school, especially if their iPad is dead or if they do not have one.
“I think it’s very difficult for students when the wifi is out because they are encouraged to use Internet resources like PowerSchool, Google Classroom, and Quizlets,” Learning Strategies teacher Jean White said.
Since the wifi is out at school, most students take their own time at home, if they have wifi, to catch up on homework.
“I am dependent on the wifi at home because if I need help and a teacher is not there, I can get on the wifi at home. So I am dependent on the wifi at home more,” senior Kaitlyn Dowd-Howell said.
With incoming assignments and extensive amounts of homework, students now have to turn to their cellular data for support and that costs students and their parents a little extra money, depending on their plan. According to junior Katherine Baxley, this proves to be a big problem.
“I don’t like [not having wifi] that much because I have to use my data a lot,” Katherine said.
The wifi shortage not only limits students in their education, but also teachers. With the wifi down, teachers are not able to complete even the simplest of tasks, like taking attendance and that concerns those who are dependent on the network.
“We can’t take attendance or complete online reports,” White said.
Crews are working diligently on the issue, and for now, students have no choice but to utilize the situation at hand to the best of their ability. However, until it comes back, many people are fearful of the consequences that come with having no internet and concerned with the level of dependence that could come from lacking valuable educational technology.
“Everything we do seems to be on wifi, so we’re stuck,” White said.