Hernando School District plans to provide laptops to students | News

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BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County School District plans to provide all students with a laptop during the 2022-23 school year.

In a presentation at the April 26 school board meeting, Joe Amato, director of technology and information services, said school districts across the country that use the One-to-One Device initiative reported improved student outcomes, more engaged learners, improved technology skills. , a better understanding of digital citizenship, and an overall improvement in college and career readiness.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated an acute need to transition to individual devices to better serve our students,” Amato said. “The federal government has recognized the disparity and inequity resulting from students not having devices at home and has approved not only the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Assistance Grant, but also the Emergency Connectivity Fund grant to specifically address these needs.”

At the meeting, the board approved the purchase of the laptops, with extended accidental damage warranty and related equipment at an estimated cost of $13.6 million.

Students will receive a Hewlett Packard ProBook x360 11 EE laptop computer with a touchscreen. Computers will include all necessary applications, educational programs, and files that students can access from home and school using a single sign-on, and will be managed by the district to ensure Internet content is monitored and filtered in accordance with the Internet protection of children. Law.

The district’s implementation plan includes a district-wide wireless network upgrade to meet additional traffic and bandwidth requirements and the addition of approximately 2,000 WiFi access points , simultaneous cabling and additional network switching.

To ensure a smooth implementation, the district will activate a task force to refine the details of this large-scale deployment.

“Lack of access to technology can be a barrier for students. With One-to-One devices, we can offer students an effective way to extend study and research time and reduce risk to students from falling behind due to limited online tools,” Superintendent John Stratton said.

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