The Sunflower County Consolidated School District is still waiting for technology it purchased for students back in the summer to arrive.
The district held a community Zoom meeting on Thursday night, where it addressed the impending delivery of Chromebooks and laptops that were part of a $1.8 million purchase announced in July.
SCCSD Superintendent Miskia Davis said they are expected the Chromebooks between Oct. 5-9.
They are waiting for a response from HP regarding the laptops, but they are expected to be about a week behind.
Davis said the district will give all the technology out at once, including the laptops, Chromebooks and hotspots.
The hotspots will be good until June 2021, she said.
There is a $25 usage fee for each device that covers the insurance on the technology. If a parent does not pay the $25 fee, damage or loss will be the sole responsibility of the parent.
“You do not have to choose it, but if the device is damaged, you are fully responsible for the damage of the device,” she said during Thursday night’s meeting.
There is a technology waiver packet that can be downloaded from the school’s website, Facebook page and Twitter page that is required of every parent, even if they do not choose to utilize the district’s technology.
Once the technology is disseminated, learning packs will not be given out again.
Davis also discussed the district’s preparation for student return.
“We are so ready to get our kids back into our buildings,” Davis said. “You have no idea.”
Davis said the district has purchased new desks and screen partitions for each classroom, and the SCCSD Board of Trustees will meet to discuss a possible return to school at the end of the first nine weeks, which will be in early November.
“We don’t know when it will be over,” Davis said of the COVID-19 pandemic, “but we know we need to get our students back into the schools.”
There will also be a fall break for students on Oct. 5-6. Students do not have to login to Canvass, but teachers will be available to talk to parents or students those days.
Lunch will not be provided during fall break.
Also, Fridays will be “asynchronous” days, meaning there will not be a face-to-face Zoom meeting between teachers and students, but students still have to login to Canvass in order to be counted present.
Students can use Fridays to check for assignments and directions from teachers. Teachers will be at school and available on Fridays. Lunch will also be provided during those days.
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