Many Fayette County parents still have questions ahead of virtual learning’s start on Wednesday

Published: Aug. 25, 2020 at 11:20 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Fayette County Public Schools start virtual classes on Wednesday.

But many parents and members of the community still have a lot of questions: Will there be enough Chromebooks? Will there be enough hot spots? And how will the whole Virtual Learning Academy work?

We spoke to Ashley Lunsford, a preschool teacher at Lafayette Christian Church Childcare. She says staff were prepared to assist 35 students with NTI, but they don’t have enough hotspots.

“Any time that any of our families reach out to the district, or to their child’s school, we are being told ‘I’m sorry, you have internet in the home we are not supplying internet access outside of the residential home,‘” Lunsford said.

Parents are also expressing concerns about the Virtual Learning Academy.

We spoke to one mom who says she has not received much information about how the academy will work.

During Monday’s school board meeting, school officials noted they had ordered 12,000 Chromebooks and had distributed 11,000 hotspots. They also said they were ordering more hotspots from T-Mobile.

FCPS technology director Bob Moore says the devices are first going to families without computers or internet access at home.

However, the district plans to provide a Chromebook to every student. Moore says roughly 30,000 students have already received Chromebooks and about 3,000 Chromebooks are waiting to be repaired or distributed.

About 43,000 students are in the district.

Moore says the district ordered 12,000 more Chromebooks last month but they have not received them. He says the district has also handed out 1,000 hotspots and plans to get 500 more.

“We are providing hot spots to families without internet access at home. That has been our guiding principle from the beginning,” Moore said. “Those are the families that need it the most.”

If you do not have a Chromebook or hot spot and need one, Moore says to contact your child’s school for assistance.

The district plans to receive 3,000 Chromebooks over the next two weeks and 9,000 Chromebooks throughout September and into October.

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