Duncanville ISD is reaching out to their college students a number of methods, by specifically outfitted faculty buses to offer excessive pace web. and by personally contacting college students.
A brand new program known as ‘WiFi on Wheels’ takes web entry to college students who could have unreliable or no service in any respect. Faculty buses outfitted with web transmitters are parked in 4 areas all through the district. They provide free wi-fi to as many college students as attainable. As a result of buses are cellular, the web entry areas can change to satisfy the wants of scholars.
“This program offers us one other layer of help by a distinct avenue,” mentioned Andrea Fields, the Duncanville ISD Chief of Employees and Operations. “Individuals don’t sometimes consider transportation supporting web entry for college kids. To enrich what we’ve already carried out by the Know-how Division, we hope we’re serving to to shut the digital divide.”
Initially of the pandemic, DISD ordered and distributed greater than $3 million in laptops and hotspots. Though a scholar has a tool, that doesn’t imply they’ve dependable entry to the web.
WiFi on Wheels
Due to WiFi on Wheels, college students and their households can pull into the parking tons on the designated house complexes (see under) and log in from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every school day. Every faculty bus is monitored by a bus driver.
The college district additionally offers free 24-hour wi-fi entry outdoors 10 district campuses. Lately put in antennae lengthen the web service past the partitions of the varsity constructing. With a district login, college students and employees can entry the web on the following campuses.
Acton, Bilhartz, Central, Hastings and Merrifield elementary schools, Daniel Intermediate Faculty, Kennemer, and Reed center colleges, Duncanville Excessive Faculty, and the Summit Schooling Heart.
Anybody with a district-issued machine ought to have the ability to seamlessly join. To study extra, go to DuncanvilleISD.org/WIFIOnWheels.
Duncanville ISD Volunteer Visits
Volunteers from Duncanville ISD frolicked final Saturday knocking on doorways in efforts to achieve some 100+ college students who aren’t partaking at school. ‘Operation Connection’ recognized college students who enrolled within the district’s virtual learning program who haven’t attended or accomplished work on-line.
“Sadly, we’ve got seniors and juniors who’re off observe to graduate as a result of they’re not partaking,” mentioned Chief of Colleges Sam Nix. “We’ve college students [where] the educational hole is simply persevering with to widen. Not as a result of they’re not enrolled, however as a result of they’re not partaking.”
The district’s determination to strive private contacts with college students and their households got here after repeated makes an attempt by lecturers, counselors and directors to achieve them.
Duncanville Chief of Colleges Sam Nix
“We’re simply going to attach with them,” mentioned Dr. Nix. “We’re going to tell them and help them and we’re going to do every part we will earlier than this semester ends to offer them with alternatives to achieve success.”
Volunteers met at Reed Center Faculty Jan. 23 to collect supplies and obtain a listing of households to go to. Every scholar acquired a bag with directions on the right way to log onto their digital lessons in addition to an educational calendar and t-shirt.
Fairmeadows Elementary Faculty Assistant Principal and Operation Connection organizer Latonia Dennis mentioned, “I do know they are going to see how a lot we miss and care about them. Duncanville ISD has stepped outdoors the field and I’m so comfortable to be a part of a corporation that wishes to verify we’re doing all we will to have interaction with our households. I look ahead to seeing their faces once more within the classroom or nearly.”
Due to issues in regards to the ongoing pandemic, the volunteers used particular security protocols of their visits.