Lauderdale County School District offers Electronic Devices to Students
The Lauderdale County School District is kicking off phase two of their Heroes Distant Learning Initiative by supplying students who are in need with electronic devices. Superintendent Dr. John-Mark Cain tells Twin States what they plan to do.
“We just want to be a resource to our community and our students.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many challenges, but not when it comes to learning. Students in grades 5-12 will be provided chromebooks for the remainder of the semester.
“We heard from our parents and the members of our community through our technology survey, phone calls and emails we received. A lot of our parents were requesting devices, and so were going to meet that need. We’re going to set up pickup times at our campuses.”
In order to receive a chromebook, parents must complete a short application per student, which is on the school’s website. The application must be filled out by April 20th. Director of Technology, Trent Airhart gives more details.
“On this form, it will ask if you have reliable internet service at home and that is a requirement to be eligible for these devices. Parents that request a device, on the form they will sign saying they are liable for any damages or loss that happens while the device is in their possession.”
The district understands not all families have access to internet service, which is why they will still hand out physical packets. Superintendent Dr. John-Mark Cain elaborates.
“Our assignments will be generated both through our digital capacity and we will continue to still hand out our packets that we’ve done, but this is just another way for us to help parents and reach those students who have connectivity.”
The chromebooks are said to be distributed on Wednesday. No fees will be required in order to receive one, but they will need to be returned by mid May.