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Indiana school district providing dozens of Wi-Fi buses for students without internet

The South Bend Community School Corporation, the fourth-largest school district in Indiana according to its website, last week announced schools would offer digital-only learning for at least the first eight weeks of the school year, which started Wednesday.The school is parking buses in designated areas that lack internet service, the district said in a statement, "near benches or covered areas." Students aren't allowed on the bus, for safety and health reasons.Many large school districts across the nation have announced plans to start the school year with virtual learning only. And like South Bend, they are grappling with how to make that work for children of low-income families. In the city of South Bend, fewer than 70% of households have broadband internet subscriptions, according to the US Census Bureau.Millions of school-age children in the US live in households without home internet service, high-speed internet, access to computer devices or help from parents who know how to use them, an expert at Duke University told reporters last month.The district has distributed more than 17,000 Chromebooks to students, and they will automatically be able to log on to the WiFi with those, the district said. The district used Wi-Fi buses strategy in the spring, when schools shut down amid the coronavirus pandeRead More – Source

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