With the unknown future of COVID-19, Guthrie Public Schools is encouraging all homes to begin exploring adding internet service to their home.
This past school year, kitchen tables were converted into classrooms for many students across the state after COVID-19 halted majority of the spring semester. For some, the lack of an internet connection did not allow those kitchen tables to connect to a classroom or teacher.
Superintendent Dr. Mike Simpson says the school district has been working with contingencies on what distance learning may look if the virus impacts the upcoming school year.
This past March, schools across Oklahoma were shut down due to COVID-19 forcing many students to transition to online course work to complete the academic year.
“I would encourage families that do not have internet in their homes to explore the many options available,” Simpson said during his report at the Board of Education meeting on Monday.
According to a report, a third of rural Americans do not have a broadband internet connection at home.
State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister plans to use federal aid funds to provide technology devices and internet service to students who lack internet connectivity at home.
Simpson added there are multiple internet options available for low income families that are “greatly reduced in cost.”
Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch are qualified to receive the reduced pricing.
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