Guilford County Schools (GCS) leaders are asking for the community’s help. District officials estimate that about 5,000 GCS students still need a device as an unprecedented school year kicks off in remote learning.
The district has ordered more than 79,000 new devices, nearly enough for every student, teacher and instructional support staff member. However, due to world-wide production and shipping delays, the devices won’t be delivered for several weeks. Even with this large purchase, GCS will still have to find the dollars to order an additional 3,900 laptops to truly become a one-to-one district.
To support students now, GCS is asking for donations of devices or monetary donations, so devices may be purchased.
“While we know we have adequate devices on the way, students need access to online lessons now,” said Whitney Oakley, GCS chief academic officer. “Although we can provide printed materials, we don’t want technology to be such a barrier.”
GCS is seeking gently used devices that are equipped with internet access/wireless capabilities, a working camera, two-way audio interface and charger. Devices can be delivered to GCS offices in Greensboro, at 712 N. Eugene Street or in High Point, at 900 English Road.