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As COVID-19 spreads schools are closing and we expect all school physical facilities will close for some period of time during this emergency. This will effect more than 76 Million Students across US Schools.
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As COVID-19 spreads schools are closing and we expect all school physical facilities will close for some period of time during this emergency. This will affect more than 76 Million Students across US Schools.
  
 
Many closing schools are shifting to online learning, but this transition won’t be easy. In addition to education our schools provide meals for low-income students. Parents who work in essential positions need child care and all parents need remote learning and online classes. These needs expose the country’s deep digital divides. Simply put, too many American children live without essential internet services.
 
Many closing schools are shifting to online learning, but this transition won’t be easy. In addition to education our schools provide meals for low-income students. Parents who work in essential positions need child care and all parents need remote learning and online classes. These needs expose the country’s deep digital divides. Simply put, too many American children live without essential internet services.

Revision as of 06:07, 17 April 2020

Rural School Children for Distance Learning
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Deborah Simpier, co-founder of Althea, holds an antenna that broadcasts internet service through a decentralized network
Team Members TBD
Point of Contact Wilfred Pinfold
Participating Municipalities Independence, Oregon
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Description

As COVID-19 spreads schools are closing and we expect all school physical facilities will close for some period of time during this emergency. This will affect more than 76 Million Students across US Schools.

Many closing schools are shifting to online learning, but this transition won’t be easy. In addition to education our schools provide meals for low-income students. Parents who work in essential positions need child care and all parents need remote learning and online classes. These needs expose the country’s deep digital divides. Simply put, too many American children live without essential internet services.

According to 2017 data from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 3.1 million households (14.1%) with school-aged children have no wired broadband connection at home. Though some of these families likely have a wireless subscription, these data plans aren’t sufficient for extended online learning.

Challenges

  • Delivering nutritious meals to low-income students.
  • Delivering child care to families with parents who are essential workers.
  • Providing broadband connectivity to all children regardless of family income.

Implementation