The week of March 2nd, the Northshore School District made the difficult decision to close schools and transition to online learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since that time, 4,330 computing devices1 and 532 hotspots1 have been distributed to students. The Technology Levy, which was approved by the voters in 2018, brought all Northshore schools to a 1:1 computing ratio for student access; this is what made that distribution financially possible.
With 23,294 students2 in the Northshore School District this means 18.58% of the students have requested a computing device. Here are just a few reasons that number is so high.
- A student who is socially disadvantaged in some way might use the local library or stay after school for their computing device needs and now those are not options.
- A student typically has access to a computing device at home but the student’s parent/caregiver is now using that device to work from home.
- A student typically shares a computer with their sibling(s) and now would best be served having one of their own.
- A student uses a desktop computer at home, after school, but now needs a portable computing device so they may continue their education at daycare, during the school day.<
All of the students in Northshore have benefitted from this distribution of computing devices; here a few ways.
- All students have been able to keep up with their learning, it is a 24-7 process, and stay connected to their teachers and specialists.
- All students have been able to stay connected with each other socially, in and electronic sense, even though they are not able to be physically near each other.
- All Northshore seniors have been able to continue their college search and application process while also staying in contact with their high school Counselor.
- All secondary students are able to study for College Board Advanced Placement, PSAT, and SAT exams.
Thank you voters! The distribution of 4,330 computing devices and 532 hotspots to Northshore students during the pandemic, which was made financially possible by the Technology Levy, has leveled the playing field and benefitted all Northshore students.
1. The Northshore School District Communication Department provided this information on 3/27/2020.
2. The February 2020 headcount was published in Dr. Reid’s Thursday Thoughts on 02/14/2020.