Sequim school phone system breaks down

The Sequim School District’s phone system broke down Wednesday, forcing school officials to rely on a makeshift network of two-way radios, mobile phones and fax lines to keep communication flowing.

“With almost 2,900 students and all the staff to support that, it’s quite an event,” said Superintendent Garn Christensen — speaking on a cell phone.

The district has an internal network of digital phone lines similar to a complex computer system, Christensen said. Phone service was intermittent through the morning before clunking completely around noon. Calls to district lines rang as busy in the afternoon.

The district’s e-mail system was still working.

It wasn’t clear Wednesday afternoon where the malfunction was, but a repair crew with spare parts had been called in and service could be restored as soon as this morning.

“That’s our hope,” Christensen said. “They’re en route as we speak.”

Peninsula Daily News

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