Affton School District moves to virtual learning today after districtwide network outage


Isad Menkovic, a third-grade student at Oakville Elementary, completes a math lesson.

All students in the Affton School District will have a virtual learning day again today, Thursday, Feb. 25, after an “unforeseen network outage” hit every school in the district before school started Thursday.

The district’s campus networks are down, but the virtual learning platform Canvas is still operating. All K-12 students should log into Canvas, and all teachers and staff will work from home unless otherwise directed by their supervisor.

Affton Early Childhood will be closed.

It’s been a tough week for in-person learning in the Affton district, as water main breaks already led to virtual learning days  at some of the schools for most of the week.

After a “busy day of repair work” Wednesday at Gotsch Intermediate School, district officials said the school was ready to reopen Thursday. But then the network went down. Gotsch held a virtual learning day Wednesday.

Like the later network outage, all teachers had to work from home during the water main breaks also.

All other schools held class that day, however.

The water main break led to students being sent home around 9:36 a.m. Tuesday after the pipe broke and left no water coming into the building.

The water main break also affected Mesnier Primary School Tuesday. School was let out early at 1 p.m. since there was no water service to the building.

Affton High School had an early dismissal Monday that had already been scheduled.

The district also held a districtwide virtual learning day last week due to snow.