Starting on Monday, August 31, Guilford County Schools will open learning centers in 13 schools for students who lack internet access. The centers will open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays during remote learning, except for days the district is closed for holidays or teacher workdays.
Students at the centers can use the district’s high-speed internet capabilities to access digital content and complete assignments. After Labor Day (Sep. 7), students at the center will be able to access live, online instruction provided by their teachers.
While the service is free, advanced registration is required. Parents can register using SchoolMint, the district's online application portal found at gcsnc.schoolmint.net. Registration does not guarantee a seat at the Learning Center.
Students should plan on bringing their own devices to the learning centers, which will act similarly to an internet café. Only a limited number of desktop devices are available for student use.
While adult supervision will be provided by the district, the learning centers are not offering child care or any form of individual or group instruction. Center supervisors will help students access and navigate Canvas and other GCS applications, however. The centers also will provide breakfast and lunch for students.
The learning centers are strategically located in neighborhoods and communities where Census data indicates that more than two-thirds of households lack broadband connectivity.
Opening learning centers in these areas will make it easier for students to walk or ride their bicycles to the schools, or for families to make other arrangements. Transportation will not be provided by the district.