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Monday, June 15, 2020
Board-Approved Plan Puts SCS on Track to Become 1:1 Digital District
This evening, our School Board approved a plan that will enable SCS to provide every student with access to a digital device.

This is a significant development in the District's response to COVID-19, addressing the need to accelerate the implementation of blended and distance learning. The plan also supports our ongoing commitment to student equity and 21st century instruction.

With guidance from the Digital Access Advisory Committee and thoughtful input from Board members, principals, teachers, parents and students, the $37 million plan will be in place by the start of the 2020-21 school year. It's   backed by a robust support plan, including training for students and parents and professional development for educators. Nearly 90 percent of costs are covered by federal CARES Act dollars and City contributions. 
With the likelihood of implementing a combination of in-person and virtual instruction in the fall, we want to make sure teachers and families are equipped to support our students using the District's preferred distance learning platform. Microsoft Teams allows classes and groups to meet and work together online. It was used by many teachers in the spring to continue live instruction after schools closed and is the primary way our central office teams have been collaborating since March. Parent trainings kicked off this week, and our Instructional Technology team has dozens of self-paced and live courses available for staff in PLZ in  June and  July.