Plainfield School District 202 will buy 10,000 laptops this summer for $4.05 million to bolster the district’s Remote Learning system for next school year.
The District Board approved the purchase at its May 26 regular meeting.
The new laptops will be available for high school students to take home as needed. Or they could be combined with existing classroom computers to also provide enough laptops for middle school students to use at home.
District 202 has bought more than 8,000 laptops in the past four years to improve the student-to-device ratio at all levels and to ensure every elementary student can access a computer in the classroom.
The district had planned to shift next year to the middle and high schools.
Meanwhile, the district focused on providing technical guidance, mentoring and professional development to ensure teachers could efficiently and effectively use technology in the classroom.
More than 80 District 202 teachers are also helping design remote learning class plans,
Likewise, more than 1,000 teachers have already signed up for remote learning training this summer.
District 202 administrators are planning for three reopening scenarios:
• Opening as usual with appropriate social distancing, facemasks and other health safeguards and facility modifications.
• Opening schools with a limited number of students and staff in buildings and potentially using split schedules, alternating day schedules or some combination or hybrid.
• Keeping schools closed and returning to total remote learning or distance learning.
The district’s eventual decision will depend on state guidelines, superintendent of schools Lane Abrell said.