This letter was sent to LynnHappens on April 4th, 2019 –
Lynn Public Schools Still Without Internet
Today is the eleventh consecutive school day Lynn students, faculty, and staff cannot access to technology, after the entire LPS network shutdown on March 21st due to a computer virus. Since then, two third-party companies have been hired to assist while the high schools postponed MCAS testing 2 days, switching to paper as a result. Meanwhile, over 15,000 students and 1,000 teachers continue to not have access to an essential piece of every classroom. This is absolutely unacceptable.
And yet, no one seems concerned. According to Superintendent Tutwiler, “viruses happen,” and can be simply fixed once you “figure things out.” The Teacher’s Union (LTU-AFT) has been preoccupied with contractual and healthcare negotiations, unable to mention the issue in this month’s newsletter, while parents appear unaware. Such lack of engagement has resulted in an unreasonable burden for teachers and students, who will continue to fall short of standards set by the Department of Education.
The students and teachers of Lynn deserve better. For this crisis is to end, and to prevent similar in the future, these two groups must demonstrate their disapproval; together they should take a district wide sick day. Perhaps then someone will take an interest.
Concerned Resident, Lynn MA.