From Howard County Public School System via their website:
Update on Device Distribution for Continuity of Learning
Current Distribution of Student Devices
Distribution of student technology devices to high school students for continuity of learning concluded this week. Unfortunately, the challenges of adhering to social distancing guidelines proved too difficult to continue distribution at schools.
Moving forward, devices will be packaged and mailed or delivered by HCPSS staff to families of elementary and middle school students who have requested to borrow them, as well as any high school students who have not yet received a requested device. We are working to ensure that as many students as possible receive their devices in time for the start of distance learning instruction. If delivery delays do occur, teachers will be informed and will be flexible with students during the initial days without a device. Families who will receive devices via mail will be notified by HCPSS Technology staff prior to delivery and provided additional details regarding the shipment.
Parents/guardians who completed the student device survey and have had a change in needs should fill out a new survey, indicating any applicable changes.
HCPSS will continue to adapt to this evolving situation, and appreciates the continued patience of families and staff as we work to implement a thoughtful approach to distance learning.
HCPSS Secures Additional Devices
As students begin distance learning, families who originally declined a device in the Student Technology Survey may find they can benefit from requesting a Chromebook for student use. HCPSS was able to purchase 20,000 new Chromebooks and that order has been expedited. While this will not be enough to provide one to every student, we expect that it will be sufficient to support students who do not currently have access to a device at home. Resources are limited, so families are asked to request a device only if your student does not have access to sufficient resources as home. Please also note that there is no requirement for families to be enrolled in the Free and Reduced Meals program or eligible for other federal programs to borrow a device.