PHOENIX — Schools are still working to move students to online learning and at the Roosevelt School District, the challenge now is getting every child access to internet.
Before the school closures, students in the district would use iPads in the classroom. The district has since given those iPads to students to use at home, but Superintendent Dr. Quintin Boyce says about two-thirds of their students don't have internet access.
“One of the things that we’re realizing as a result of the current pandemic is that a lot of the essentials that we believe everyone has access to is only certain people," he said. "As a school we run a business of teaching and learning but we’re also standing in the gaps for our families when it comes to basic needs."
He says while they've been using take home packets and doing assignments on paper, the face-to-face interaction with their teacher via video chat is important.
While the district is looking at different options when it comes to getting students internet access, Boyce says the hope is that someone would be willing to donate hotspots.
Members of the community can contact the Roosevelt School District directly, or email the district's Community Engagement Director at Diana.Figueroa@rsd66.org.