PHILADELPHIA, Mississippi (WTOK) – The Philadelphia Public School District has offered middle and high school students new MacBook Air laptops. The district hopes the laptops will create an easy transition for staff and students if the pandemic continues to worsen.
Newscenter 11 spoke with Superintendent Dr Lisa Hull, who said the district plans to purchase new devices ahead of the pandemic. Hull said she just wasn’t sure how that wish would come true.
“We knew it would be a better learning opportunity if everyone had the exact same thing.” Hull said, “We had a discussion, did we want something different for grade 7 and grade 8. And then, on the 9th or the 12th. We decided, we didn’t.
Hull says that after considering what each student needed to be successful, the district switched to MacBook Air laptops. With federal COVID-19 funds, the district was able to provide the new laptops to its students. In total, Dr. Hull says the laptops were under $ 550,000.
“So it gives children the opportunity to learn and engage. It doesn’t matter if you are at home or at school. Hull said, “It was a huge hurdle for us four to nine weeks ago when school was closed because a lot of our kids didn’t have a device at home. We weren’t ready to release the devices we had.
Supporting physical and virtual education, life science teacher Jennifer Johnson says the laptop has allowed her to explore new learning techniques.
“We have children who come to class every day via Zoom. We have the impression that they are legitimately in class with us. It is something that has been wonderful. Before, we didn’t have as much access to all the students.
Students will keep laptops until the end of the school year. Dr Hull says she plans to distribute the exact same device to every student in August.
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