Schools Work With Students Without Home Internet

April 8, 2020 - 5:46pm

Lincoln Public Schools say they are committed to equitable learning opportunities for all students during remote learning, including those who may not have internet access at home.

Several internet providers are offering free or reduced-price internet access to LPS families, and the district has shared that information with parents.

During remote learning, teachers are keeping track of which students do not appear to be engaging online and share that information with social workers and guidance counselors. Counselors then share information about free internet resources with parents.

Matt Larson is Associate Superintendent for Instruction at LPS. He explained what happens next.

“If that doesn’t work or isn’t an option for a family for some reason,” Larson said. “Then the principal is notified and we have a limited number of hot spots then that we’re able to provide to families for whom these other options simply don’t work.”

Larson noted that most content, especially at the elementary school level, does not require internet access. Some lessons are being broadcast on public access channel LNKTV. Teachers are also using Google Classroom for instruction and Zoom to hold office hours where students can ask questions. Teachers are asked to hold office hours for a minimum of 5 hours per week.

The district has also put together a website that includes videos of read-aloud sessions, virtual field trips, and a daily challenge for students.

LPS has moved to grading assignments satisfactory or not satisfactory and is using more written work and projects as they move away from traditional assessments.



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