Cincinnati Public Schools Handing Out iPads and Laptops to Students to Ensure Access for Remote Learning

As CPS students look to a blended school year for 2020-21, the district-issued devices will make sure each child can complete assignments while learning remotely for a portion of the week

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Cincinnati Public Schools has started the process of handing out tech devices to students in grades 2-12. 

According to a press release, CPS will be distributing a blend of 30,000 iPads (grades 2-3) and laptops (grades 4-12) from July 6 through Aug. 31.

“All CPS students in grades 2-12 must pick up a device. We want our students in these grades to have a CPS-issued device,” said Jeff Chrystal, director of device management, in the release. “Each district-issued laptop includes Microsoft Office to facilitate students being able to complete assignments at school and at home. Each device also includes security software to help protect both students and the devices.”

Last week, the Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education voted to follow a blended in-person and remote learning model for CPS students for the 2020-21 school year.

CPS says students will be broken into two groups, basically Group A and Group B. The groups will attend school in person for two days one week and three days the next week. They'll attend school remotely the other days. The days that Group A is in school, Group B will be learning remotely and vice versa.

CPS says it will be observing the recommended 6 feet of social distancing in schools and is prepared to go to a full remote learning schedule if necessary, and is encouraging families to plan for this contingency as well. 

The distribution of tech devices to students will ensure all have access to necessary equipment for remote learning as CPS estimates approximately 11,000 students are currently without an iPad or laptop.

“The disparity between households is one of the greatest sources of inequity in our district. This is why we are expanding our 1:1 device program,” said Laura Mitchell, superintendent, in the same release.

Students must pick up their tech from their school and not another CPS school. If a student had an iPad for summer learning, they must return it before they get a laptop. If they have a laptop for summer learning, they can keep it for the upcoming year. 

Find a full schedule of device pick-up times and more details at cps-k12.org.

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