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Power outage takes Willmar Schools offline; no distance learning for now

Distance learning for Willmar Public Schools students was disrupted Wednesday by a power outage at Willmar Senior High. The caused phone and internet outages.

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Willmar Senior High School file photo taken Feb. 4, 2020 Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

WILLMAR — A power outage Wednesday morning at Willmar Senior High School has disrupted telephone and internet service across Willmar Public Schools.

According to an email from Superintendent Jeff Holm, the power may not be restored for several hours, and there will be no distance learning for students while the power is out.

The district started classes for all students Tuesday. Elementary schools welcomed students for in-person instruction with safety protocols in place.

The middle school and high schools opened to a hybrid instruction model. Half the students attend school Monday and Tuesday, the other half on Thursday and Friday. Wednesday was to be a distance learning day for all students in the upper grades.

In addition, the district has a significant number of students at all grade levels who have elected to do distance learning exclusively.

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This story will be updated.

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