A school district in Texas is taking radical steps to ensure low-income students don't fall behind in their classes during the coronavirus pandemic.
With in-person classes canceled in Texas for the foreseeable future, school districts have been forced to conduct classes online. However, some students from low-income families may not have internet access in their homes.
The busses roll out to Austin neighborhoods every weekday, and remained parked from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Students are only able to access the WiFi network on devices provided by the district — not from personal devices.
According toCNN,the buses are funded through a $600,000 grant fromKajeet.
"As we prepare for the possibility of extended school closures, we know that an Internet connection is a lifeline and a learning link for our students," Kevin Schwartz, the Chief Technology Officer for Austin Independent School District said in a press release.
When we started Kajeet in 2003, we wanted kids to be agile with technology, to be empowered and safe, and we wanted to help them respond with confidence to what's happening in their world. Not incidentally, we want parents, educators and guardians to be involved too. Being part of the mobile world is not just fun, it’s a shared responsibility.