Arlington Public Schools cancel distance learning Wednesday following network outage

Arlington Public Schools canceled distance learning Wednesday after a major network outage.

"Our Internet Service Provider has not been able to restore service and is continuing to work to resolve the issue. Due to the network outage, there will be no distance learning for students today, Oct. 21, 2020," Arlington Public Schools tweeted Wednesday morning. 

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FOX 5 has learned the system was restored around 1 p.m. today after a road construction crew in Vienna reportedly cut a fiber optics cable shutting distance learning down Tuesday.

There was also a loss of connection to the school district's secondary data center in Ashburn.

The service provider reportedly repaired the damaged cable overnight.

FOX 5's Tisha Lewis reports that there is now a backup system in place should this happen again.

Arlington school officials say that due to the network problems, the deadline for making Level 2 selections in ParentVUE for students in grades PreK-5 and select CTE courses has been extended to Fri, Oct. 23.