PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The School District of Philadelphia is moving ahead with plans to buy thousands of laptops for students, so that they can be taught online during the coronavirus closure.
The school board unanimously approved spending up to $11 million to buy 50,000 new Chromebooks to connect students at home with their teachers online.
“The plan provides a Chromebook to every district student who needs one for learning at home. It makes digital content available to retain and learn skills with the support of a teacher,” said Superintendent William Hite.
Hite says the Chromebooks would be distributed at schools and loaned to students during the week of April 6, with teachers beginning to teach with tools including Google Classroom the following week.
The district is working with the city to find low-cost or free internet access for families who need it.