Published on August 29th, 2020 📆 | 5673 Views ⚑0
Spring Branch ISD distributes technology to 14,000 students
The Spring Branch Independent School District announced they have provided Chromebooks, iPads, and wireless hotspots to approximately 14,000 students between Aug. 3-14.
Distributing across 47 schools and facilities, the district’s main goal was, “to deploy devices before the new school year’s start. On Aug. 24, students began the new school year with two weeks of remote learning.”
The district has also positioned buses equipped with Wi-Fi at 12 SBISD elementary schools and eight apartments serving SBISD students. Additionally, SBISD Technology added outdoor Wi-Fi access to all district pre-Kindergarten and secondary schools, from “property line to property line”.
According to the district, the two-week technology distribution focused on providing devices to pre-Kindergarten and elementary students in need. Area middle and high school students were provided with digital devices in April of last year, when the district first implemented distance learning due to the coronavirus.
“Between SBISD’s lifecycle refresh program and through the generous donations of the district’s (parent-teacher associations), we have been able to provide either a Chromebook or iPads to all students seeking a device,” said SBISD’s associate superintendent for technology Christina Masick, in a press release.
According to Masick, SBISD conducted a family technology survey in recent years as part of its annual process of registration.
“What we have seen this year,” said Masick “with many families working from home or as the result of job loss or financial hardship, is a significant increase in requests for both devices and hot spots.”
SBISD faced supply chain challenges for both devices and hot spots, the district reports, as some technology orders may not be filled or arrive on time. In response, SBISD lent devices used as classroom sets and have issued iPad equipped with data cards for internet connectivity.
SBISD also has a Distance Learning Toolkit students and families can access anytime for help.
Approximately half the district’s students will continue virtual instruction on September 8, as the other half will return to campuses for in-person learning.