MEDFORD, Ore. – Starting on Tuesday, Medford seniors will be first in line to get their own Google Chromebook to take home as they adjust to a new normal for education.
“We’ll be practicing social distancing so it will be a little awkward and will be a little wonky, just because we can only let a certain number of folks out of the cars,” said Bret Champion, the Superintendent of Schools at the Medford School District, “they’ll come out of the cars and have at least 6-feet distancing.”
In total, Medford School District will be distributing around 10,000 laptops, according to Champion.
“The Chromebook, a power cord, some instructions; we’ll write down the name of the student and the number on the device,” said Champion.
The distribution of laptops will go in waves.
“We do ask for parents and students to please be patient,” said Champion, “Our top priority is obviously making sure our seniors graduate and so we’re going to get those devices in their hands first.”
Medford School District staff have spent hours preparing the laptops and making sure they are completely disinfected. In addition to the laptops, Medford School District is also working to expand broadband access in a number of ways.
“We’re exploring things like using our school buses in communities and making parking lots hotspots,” said Champion.
Medford School District is also looking at expanding the schools Wi-Fi range so that students can access Wi-Fi from their school’s parking lot.