School District'S Response To Pandemic Brings Wi-Fi Access To Community
HPE News, May 12th, 2020
May 12, 2020,
Volume 266, Issue 2

In the face of COVID-19, Bentonville City Schools had one business day to transition more than 18,000 students and some 1,200 teachers to a digital learning platform

"How students huddled in the rain resulted in free outdoor Wi-Fi available to an entire community...

When Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson ordered schools to close because of COVID-19, we had one business day to transition more than 18,000 students and some 1,200 teachers to a digital learning platform.

Fortunately, Bentonville Schools uses a 1:1 Chromebook model, but only our older students take their Chromebooks home each evening. This meant distributing 10,000 Chromebooks to our elementary and middle school students. In concert with that effort, our tech team also established a live digital support system staffed by our combined IT and Instructional Technology teams working remotely from home. We answer inquiries via phone or chat Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

While I couldn't be prouder of our tech teams for responding so quickly, our story doesn't end there...."

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