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Good Morning, Buffalo: In Buffalo Public Schools, a device for every student – finally

Good Morning, Buffalo: In Buffalo Public Schools, a device for every student – finally

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Oct. 26, 2020

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Many Buffalo Public Schools students – particularly in pre-K through first grade – were not equipped with proper digital tools and Wi-Fi for remote learning until October. The last shipment is expected early this week.

In Buffalo Public Schools, a device for every student – finally

Buffalo Public Schools will quietly hit an important milestone this week: A laptop or tablet issued to every student.

More than two-thirds of district students were issued a device in the spring amid the Covid-19 shutdown, but the city school system was still waiting for nearly 10,000 iPads to arrive for those in pre-K, kindergarten and first grade.

The first batch arrived mid-October and the final allotment is expected early this week.

Putting devices into the hands of students is one of the critical first steps during this period of remote learning to ensure no one gets left behind.

"The digital divide is real," said Rachel Fix Dominguez, who co-chairs the Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization, "and it is critical that all BPS students have free access to devices and internet connectivity."

– Jay Rey


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