12-12-12 Gas-line explosion cripples school computers here

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The gas line explosion that rocked Sissonville Tuesday, melting roadway and destroying homes, has had its reach felt across the Eastern Panhandle.

“Hampshire County Schools lost its computer network and internet connections,” Technology Director Lori Roeder said. “We are asking the school community to be patient as we work with our service provider to restore connections as soon as possible.”

A fiberoptic cable that connects local schools to the state database was ruined in the blast. Roeder said Frontier Communications can’t get in to work on the cable until the area is deemed safe.

The internet service loss left the schools here without their online attendance system and gradebooks.  Academic and instruction computers are unable to perform as well, Roeder said.

“It really has brought us to our knees,” she said.

The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind in Romney are also caught by the outage, as are most other county schools in this end of the state.

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