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US Indiana school district providing dozens of Wi-Fi buses for students without internet

05:50  13 august  2020
05:50  13 august  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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(CNN) A school district in Indiana , trying to ensure all students have access to the internet for virtual learning, said it's sending 35 WiFi -equipped buses across town during school hours. The South Bend Community School Corporation, the fourth-largest school district in Indiana according to its website

In April, several school districts began deploying school buses equipped with Wi - Fi connections, creating “Austin ISD will be deploying many of our 500+ Kajeet Wi - Fi / internet -enabled school buses to locations around our school district so that students can connect using our district Chromebooks.”

A school district in Indiana, trying to ensure all students have access to the internet for virtual learning, said it's sending 35 WiFi-equipped buses across town during school hours.

a truck that is driving down the road: The district is sending out 35 buses with Wi-Fi for students who don't have internet access. © Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Imagesv The district is sending out 35 buses with Wi-Fi for students who don't have internet access.

The South Bend Community School Corporation, the fourth-largest school district in Indiana according to its website, last week announced schools would offer digital-only learning for at least the first eight weeks of the school year, which started Wednesday.

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Buses at the Austin Independent School District are now equipped with WiFi . "Austin ISD will be deploying many of our 500+ Kajeet Wi - Fi / Internet enabled school buses to locations around The district has also provided students in grades 3 to 7 who don’t have computers with Chromebook

As schools across the country shut their doors indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, millions of students are now adjusting to online learning. "Austin ISD will be deploying many of our 500+ Kajeet Wi - Fi / Internet enabled school buses to locations around our school district so that students can

The school is parking buses in designated areas that lack internet service, the district said in a statement, "near benches or covered areas." Students aren't allowed on the bus, for safety and health reasons.

Many large school districts across the nation have announced plans to start the school year with virtual learning only. And like South Bend, they are grappling with how to make that work for children of low-income families.

In the city of South Bend, fewer than 70% of households have broadband internet subscriptions, according to the US Census Bureau.

Millions of school-age children in the US live in households without home internet service, high-speed internet, access to computer devices or help from parents who know how to use them, an expert at Duke University told reporters last month.

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As schools shut down, the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City School District , west of Cleveland, informed families about PCs for People, a nonprofit that “This experience may accelerate virtual learning in schools , but right now it is definitely inequitable for students without internet access or a computer

100 School Buses Equipped With Wi - Fi For Students Without Internet Access (cnn.com) 27. Starting on Monday, the district "strategically positions" the buses , which have WiFi capabilities up to a While everyone is advised to stay inside, students may have to move closer to the bus to gain

The district has distributed more than 17,000 Chromebooks to students, and they will automatically be able to log on to the WiFi with those, the district said.

The district used Wi-Fi buses strategy in the spring, when schools shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. So did the district in Austin, Texas, which sent out more than 100 buses to areas most lacking in internet access.

"The soonest students would return in person to classrooms is October 5," said Superintendent Dr. Todd Cummings in a statement.

"We will remain flexible and will confer with health officials as we plan for learning options after October 5. The health and safety of our students, teachers, and families will drive any of those decisions."

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