Loudoun County Public Schools has begun distributing district-owned Chromebooks for students in grades K to 3, LCPS officials said Tuesday.
The school system plans for every student to have a device at home to assist in the 100 percent virtual learning environment.
In late March, mere weeks after the COVID-19 health crisis closed schools indefinitely, LCPS distributed more than 11,400 Chromebooks to the district’s older pupils.
Only students in grades three to 12 were able to have Chromebooks until the Loudoun County School Board voted May 12 to approve learning devices for younger students.
According to figures LCPS presented in May, purchasing devices for a projected 18,000-plus students would result in an estimated cost of $5.79 million.
Officials said the current distribution cycle covers kindergarten through third-grade students because rising third-graders would have been second-graders last year, and therefore would not have previously had devices.
More than 100 LCPS Department of Digital Innovation employees are assisting individual elementary school staffers in contactless delivery, which is taking place as late as 7 p.m. for families’ convenience.
Pickup times are scheduled according to grade level, according to LCPS Director of Digital Experience Justin Donovan.
Per Donovan, these devices will not only give students the ability to participate in synchronous, real-time instruction, but will also help them interact with peers and build in-class friendships.
“Our goal is to put smiles on kids’ faces and get them the education they deserve,” he said in a prepared statement.
More back-to-school information for Loudoun County Public Schools is available at lcps.org/ReturnToSchool2020.
— Times-Mirror Staff