Internet Access for Distance Learning
A big challenge for all public school districts is implementing online distance learning when all students don’t have access to reliable internet service. Until all students have equal access, online learning can’t be used effectively to deliver instruction. Luckily, our district has a good understanding of which students at the secondary level do not have reliable internet service. So, the challenge is how to get those students connected quickly to their schools and teachers.
Through some very generous donors, the Ed Foundation is funding the first 200 Wi-Fi hotspots to give every high school student internet access.
These first Wi-Fi devices will be in place this week! That will be followed by middle school students in the next week, and eventually a program for elementary school students will be developed.
Not only will this internet access initiative help with the current school closures, but it will be in place for future closures and/or extending online learning during the regular school year. Keep watching for updates on how this initiative is impacting Sonoma Valley schools in the future!