Power Outage

Power and Internet Outage Guidance

For Students, Families & Educators

Power outages are a common occurrence in our region during fall and winter months. Internet outages also occur from time to time, even when power is maintained. Teaching and learning, although dependent on power and internet, will continue during power or internet outages.

Asynchronous (independent) learning during power or internet outages is expected. Attendance will be determined based on student or family evidence of participation.

To ensure students have access to online asynchronous learning activities if a teacher’s power or internet connection is out, teachers should ensure their course materials include information about how students can access online asynchronous lessons, such as those posted in the curriculum maps found in the Clover Park School District’s Microsoft Teams platform. This table summarizes possible scenarios and expectations of educators and students.

Power or Internet Situation

Teacher Expectations

Student Expectations

Classified & Administrative Expectations

Power or Internet OUTAGE for Teacher,

Classified and Administrator Only

  • Contact school to report power is out.
  • Send message, if able, to students to engage in asynchronous learning activities.
  • Ask principal to send message, if not able to do so.

NOTE: If power or internet goes out during class, contact the school. If your power or internet company provides you with an estimate for when power or internet is expected to be back, alert the school with that information. Otherwise, check in every half hour.

  • Log into Teams
  • Continue work on previously assigned learning activities.
  • Participate in asynchronous learning activities that are posted in Teams course(s).

NOTE: If a teacher’s power or internet goes out during class, log off of MS Teams. Work on known learning activities or assignments, or on other asynchronous learning activities that are posted in Teams classrooms.

Elementary students should try logging back into the Teams session after 15 minutes, and then try again in 30 minutes, in 60 minutes, and 90 minutes. After 90 minutes, plan for asynchronous learning for the remainder of the day.

Secondary students should try logging back in after 15 minutes and again after 30. Students should attend other classes according to their regular schedule.

  • Contact school to take leave, if not reporting to work.

Power off or Internet Outage for Student(s) ONLY

  • Teach classes according to school schedule.


  • Report to worksite.
  • Contact school to report power is out, if able.

Participate in asynchronous learning activities that do not require power or internet; refer to “Power and Internet Outage Guidance.”

  • Document activities and report them to teacher once internet returns.
  • Report to worksites.

Power or Internet OFF for Home and District (Teacher, Classified, Administrative staff and students)

Follow announcement from district.

Asynchronous Learning Activities for Power or Internet Outages

The following list of asynchronous learning activities are provided to all Clover Park School District families. These activities are to be used in the event that a power or internet outage interrupts a student’s ability to access their distance learning classroom or their course materials.