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Sally brings power outage issues to light for digital students

Posted at 6:24 PM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 18:24:48-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — More than half the students in Leon County rely on home internet access to go to class.

With months still left of hurricane season, districts are offering advice on what to do if storms take away their electricity.

Leon County Schools has generators, a huge benefit for in-person classes.

While not everyone at home may have one, there are other ways to still stay connected.

"It's definitely not the same as being in school, but it's the safest option given the number of cases in Florida," said Isbael Ruano, a Leon County Schools parent.

Ruano says she's happy her kid is learning online even if the experience hasn't been perfect.

With incoming storms adding another problem, people are asking what happens if the power goes out.

Superintendent Roger Milton in Gadsden County says they can't afford generators in every school so their backup will likely be paper packets for students, like they did to wrap up the spring semester when the coronavirus pandemic began.

Cobb Middle School in Leon also expected power outages Tuesday but resolved the issue within a few hours.