Connections to computer systems at two Alpine District schools were affected by last week's electrical storms - leaving some students without complete schedules and a few administrators frustrated at US WEST's worker strike.

Bruce Hoggard, a counselor at American Fork High School, said students are waiting to change or sign up for classes because the connection to the district system has been down since Wednesday."We really can't do much," Hoggard said. "Our hands have been tied."

"What we've been told is that US WEST can't get to us to get to the problem because of the strike."

Hoggard was relieved to hear news reports Monday that telecommunication executives and workers will attempt to forge an accord to end the two-week strike.

Company representatives were at the school Sunday to look at the malfunctioning server but could not fix the problem. "The strike really put us at a disadvantage," he said.

David Walton, director of the Alpine District's technology department, said a modem was sent to American Fork to alleviate some of the registration woes. American Fork usually connects through the Internet.

"We hope we can get it fixed soon," Walton said, adding the modem can establish one link from the school to the district's system. "They have other methods of doing it," he said.

"Once we get a taste of electronic communication, we can't settle for anything else," he said. "But it is certainly an inconvenience."

Lehi Junior High School principal John Spencer said computers were down for two days after the Wednesday night storm that caused mudslides in American Fork Canyon. Bolts of lightning flashed through the sky for nearly 20 minutes.

Spencer said the computer-less days weren't entirely problematic, however.

Hard copies of students' schedules had been made for the registrar and counselors so class changes could be made by hand.

Workers fixed the computer problems over the weekend, he said.

"Our down time wasn't long at all," Spencer said Monday. "We were up and running this morning."