A new daily protocol was rolled out to greet pupils, students, visitors and all who beckon to enter Atchison Public School facilities.

Morning hours Wednesday, Sept. 9 marked the first day of the new schoolyear for the youngsters.

As documented in the “USD 409: Navigating Change 2020”, there are documented recommendations and protocols to implement practices for the safety and learning at Atchison Public Schools. Among the protocols are requirements like mask/facial coverings; temperature screens, hand sanitizing and hygiene. The guidelines also allow for some exemptions to the new guidelines.

To read the document log on to usd409.net homepage and click on the Navigating Change 2020 icon.

After classes started for the day about 10:45 a.m. the district mostly lost its internet connectivity and phone service, Superintendent Renee Scott announced in a video during late afternoon hours. Scott assured AT&T technicians answered the were onsite. The issue was resolved later Wednesday evening, Scott told the Globe.

Director of Technology Donna Noll offered a detailed account of what happened in a statement to the Globe.

“Yesterday or WAN (wide area network) went down,” Noll said. “This is the fiber that connects all out buildings. We share the internet and phones over this connection.”

In place for more than 18 years, the buried fiber had never gone down until Wednesday, Noll said. That was first time the district experienced an occurrence. The 409 technology department were able to identify the problem and inform AT&T concerning the circuit that was down. The issued was fixed during the night.

“I don’t anticipate this specific problem happening again,” Noll said.

Mary Meyers can be reached via mary.meyers@atchisonglobenow.com. Follow her on Twitter:@MARYMEYERSglobe

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