Technology and Connectivity
During the mandatory school closure in March 2020, the district directed multiple communications to families (parent and student surveys, phone calls, SNNs, letters to the community) and collected information from staff to identify students who did not have access to a device, had multiple children sharing a device and needed an additional device, and/or needed high speed internet access. The district provided a chromebook(s) and/or hotspot for these families and set up free wifi in the parking lot of the high school. The district also allowed for families that requested to retain their Chromebooks for summer enrichment through the library or other means to do so. These measures will be continued so that all students may participate in learning for both hybrid or completely remote learning models.
- Google Classroom will be the standardized format utilized by the district.
- A Google Classroom subcommittee is creating protocols, structure, and training for staff and families to standardize the technology platform.
- The district has increased its broadband capabilities by 50%.
- The district provides students that do not have internet service with “Verizon Hotspots.”
- Additional Chromebooks have been purchased for students.
- 30 Meraki Gen. 5 Wireless access points are being installed to ensure the entire middle school high school campus internet signal is accessible and strong.
- Document cameras have been purchased to allow teachers to show demonstrations virtually.
- District is working with NERIC to assess and identify any areas within each building that have weak or no wireless internet signal. District can relocate Wireless access points to strengthen signals.
- All of the district servers will have new batteries installed to ensure that power a power outage and/or brownout will not cause a negative impact.