LCPS Distance Learning - Anna

A Briar Woods High School student engages in distance learning.

A limited number of mobile Internet hotspots will be made available for qualifying Loudoun County Public Schools students during distance learning, school system officials said Tuesday evening.

Requests for hotspots will go through students’ individual schools, and LCPS plans to share more information about the process in the coming week.

Schools are to identify qualifying students “based on socio-economic conditions or educational accommodations,” LCPS Public Information Officer Wayde Byard wrote.

He added temporary hotspots may be given to families needing to “bridge a gap” while arranging for necessary distance-learning accommodations and services.

There will be a one-device-per-household limit, as each one supports up to 15 connections.

Per LCPS, each hotspot will also include pre-configured Internet content filtering in keeping with the Children’s Internet Protection Act.

However, coverage by one of the division’s cellular carriers — Sprint, T-Mobile or AT&T — is required for a hotspot to operate, and the devices will not help families in areas with insufficient cell signals.

“Staff is working with principals to determine other possible alternatives, including printing learning packets or reserving spaces inside a school for families with no connectivity at home,” Byard wrote.

Other potential alternatives include use of 24/7 wireless connectivity in the parking lots of all LCPS high schools and Loudoun County libraries.

More information on high school and library parking lot Internet access is available at lcps.org/Page/230802 and loudounlibrary.net/Services/Free-WiFi, respectively.

(3) comments

Hodor

I hope this young lady is collecting royalties for all the times her picture has appeared in LTM.

BobOhneiserEsq

This is a good decision but to expect a second grader with language issues and no parental support to stay online all day to learn will only guarantee further separation between the "haves" and "have little" which seems contrary to all the rhetoric we hear from this school board. You asked your clients (the parents) to make a choice and then you took that choice away WITHOUT ANY SCIENCE TO JUSTIFY IT FOR ELEMENTARY LEVEL CHILDREN WHO ARE NOT THE TARGET GROUP FOR THE VIRUS! How hard would it have been to control spacing for grade school children especially where you already know are title one schools?

ABee

Agree with Bob. This has never been about what is best for Loudoun school kids. Williams is destroying education in this great county.

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