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Norfolk Public Schools to provide students with mobile devices, wireless hotspots

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Posted at 8:44 AM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 09:44:04-04

NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk Public Schools (NPS) will distribute mobile devices and wireless hotspots to students who have reported that they need access to these devices.

"It is important to make sure that every child who needs a mobile device and/or internet access can get it," Superintendent Dr. Sharon I. Byrdsong said.

NPS has created a plan to distribute the mobile devices — like iPads, Chromebooks, or Windows laptops — to every student in need, in addition to a mobile hotspot for internet accesss.

The distribution of the devices will begin the week of April 27. Schools will organize drive-thru distribution to ensure proper social distancing.

To check out a device, students must have student verification and a parent signature. School officials will sanitize each piece of equipment before it's distributed.

Distribution of learning packets will resume on April 21 and April 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 12 meal distribution sites throughout the school system.

Visit https://t.co/rnESkNsxh2 for the latest info & a message from Superintendent Dr. Sharon I. Byrdsong about the planned roll out of mobile devices & hotspots for students. #NPSInThisTogether

Visit https://t.co/rnESkNK8FC for the latest info & a message from Superintendent Dr. Sharon I. Byrdsong about the planned roll out of mobile devices & hot spots for students. #NPSInThisTogether pic.twitter.com/UFxYjJ3RgL

— NorfolkPublicSchools (@NPSchools) April 13, 2020

This story was originally published by Arianna Herriott on WTKR in Norfolk, Virginia.