Update on Student Chromebooks for the Start of School

We want to provide our families with a status report on our Chromebooks for students. In May, we ordered enough Chromebooks so that we would have one per student for the 2020-21 school year. As we noted last month, due to global supply shortages, the delivery of some Chromebooks has been delayed.

We prioritized the devices available for all-remote learners who needed a dedicated device. The distribution of those devices is taking place today (Sept. 10) through Thursday.

However, given the delays, we will not have school-issued devices for students in grades K-6, 9, 10 and 12 for the start of the year as planned. (We had previously started phasing in the 1:1 Chromebook program with students who are in grades 7, 8 and 11 this year.) We know that this will require some more flexibility as we begin this year and want you to know that flexible is exactly what we are prepared to be.

In particular, we ask you to note the following:

  • Because students in grades K-6 who are attending school in-person will be there every day, it is not critical that they have a device to start the year (although we continue to look forward to the benefits of every student having a device).
  • In grades 9, 10 and 12, the delivery delay year may affect the teacher’s approach to instruction or pacing of the curriculum in the short-term
  • Students in these grades do not need a device on the days that they are at school in-person. (Please note that our network cannot accommodate personal devices.)
  • Students can use a family or personal device to connect to class on the days that they are at home. We understand that this will not be possible in some cases
  • The benefit of our model is that we can still connect with students every-other-day in person.
  • Depending on the grade level, please keep an eye out for targeted follow-up information about device access as we start the year.

As school begins, we’ll be monitoring how things are going and tracking the anticipated delivery dates of the devices. We will be flexible and understanding and support all students as we deal with this short-term challenge. This model is new to all of us, so while it likely will not go perfectly on day one, we will get better and better together as time goes on.

We will communicate any updated information to our families.