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TECHNOLOGY AND CONNECTIVITY

Each school and/or district reopening plan must include information on how the school/district will have knowledge of the level of access to devices and high-speed internet all students and teachers have in their places of residence.

A survey of District households will include the following questions:

How many students are in the household and what grade levels?

Assess the approximate speed of your home internet access?

Are you utilizing a cellular data provider or broadband?

If you do not have internet and would use school wifi, would you utilize a mobile van hotspot within the community or use the school parking lot?

The District will support the goal of universal student access to district devices and internet service. The District is also considering an enhanced outdoor wifi network along the perimeter of the main campus, secondary campus, and bus garage to extend further the network for student use.

The District has also partnered with Erie 1 BOCES to outfit 2 school vans with Mobile bus Kajeet hotspots that are parked out in the community to assist families with access to the internet in lieu of no coverage at their residence. These units can be moved at any point based on community feedback and will save families from having to drive to the district parking lot to download materials.

The District has also purchased color-coded flash drives based on core subject areas that are available to the students that have no internet access that have basic materials for Regents subject areas.

The District is proud to be able to offer staff and students access to mobile and other district devices and the availability of the infrastructure of the expansive network. Within the parameters of district policies and procedures the District offers several layers of protection for everyone accessing the network and devices. The District utilizes a content filter and also subscribes to a mobile device onsite/offsite content filtering and alert system called Securly. The District also subscribes to Gaggle, a Google alert safety system that is monitored for all Google core activities and provides automated alerts and district safety violations. The district has several layers of firewalls that are monitored and maintained by Erie 1 BOCES well as antivirus protection for district devices.

The District is also purchasing Chromebook UV-C timed cleaning solutions to maintain cleanliness in the use of technology. Additionally, the District is in full compliance with Ed Law 2d regulations for the protection of personally identifying data.

The District is formulating plans to frontload teacher preparation time before the start of school for teachers and staff on instructional practices for remote and/or hybrid instruction and best technology practices for in-person and/or remote instruction.

The District IT staff will coordinate time with classroom instructors to review technology needs for remote instruction and devise a “to-go” kit of applications.

Select District staff will offer workshops to mentor fellow teachers on use of remote and hybrid instruction. Teachers and IT staff can assist students during the first days and weeks of in-person or online instruction to discuss, demonstrate, and prepare students on how to use District mobile devices and hotspots, Google classroom, and the safe and ethical usage of those resources. The District also recognizes that many families are at various levels of knowledge of the required devices and expectations of access of students. The District will make every effort to provide outreach to families either by phone call, email (which will be posted on the district website, social media feeds) and printed communication. The District will also consider providing in-person or remote family technology training sessions based on demand.

Each school and/or district reopening plan must include information on how the school or district, to the extent practicable, will address the need to provide devices and internet access to students and teachers who currently do not have access.

District wide, all students from 1st-12th grade have individual access to Chromebook devices. Additionally, the District currently has an agreement with Erie 1 BOCES for use of 40 Kajeet mobile hotspot solutions for students that do not have access to the internet at their residence. The district plans to procure 20 more hotspots to facilitate the access to broadband internet for students. Further, the District has established three Wifi “hotspots” throughout the community that may be accessed by students at those sites. Should the District re-enter full remote learning, it is recognized that a significant number of households in the District can access neither broadband nor mobile-based internet. For those students, the District would then explore the option of providing supervised, socially distanced in-person computer labs by appointment.

Each school and/or district reopening plan must include information on how the school district will provide multiple ways for students to participate in learning and demonstrate mastery of Learning Standards in remote or blended models, especially if all students do not yet have sufficient access to devices and /or high-speed internet.

The District will support the goal of universal student access to district devices and internet service. The District is also considering an enhanced outdoor Wifi network along the perimeter of the main campus, secondary campus, and bus garage to further extend the network for student use.

The District has also partnered with Erie 1 BOCES to outfit two (2) school vans with Mobile Bus Kajeet hotspots that are parked out in the community to assist families with access to the internet in lieu of no coverage at their residence. These units can be moved at any point based on community feedback and will save families from having to drive to the district parking lot to download materials.

The District has also purchased color-coded flash drives based on core subject areas that are available to the students that have no internet access that have basic materials for Regents subject areas.