Tazewell, VA-Tazewell County Public Schools (TCPS) is preparing to launch a 1:1 initiative to provide a computing device to all students within the division. Since the COVID pandemic struck, computer deliveries have been delayed for TCPS as they have for other divisions throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia; however, 3,700 new devices to support instruction for both in person and online learners have just arrived at the technology department’s main hub. The staff is working as quickly as possible to unbox, inventory, and otherwise prepare each of these devices for deployment; however, it is a time consuming task for this many devices. The goal is to have a learning device available for each TCPS student when they return to school after Christmas break while in the meantime maintaining enough on hand to support a school should another Covid related shutdown occur.
In support of our hybrid learning platform, the TCPS technology team currently has 2,313 devices signed out to students and has provided 218 hotspots to provide internet access to students. The additional 3,700 devices should allow each student to have a Chromebook.
“There are many benefits to being able to provide all students with a learning device. While a computer cannot solve all issues related to COVID 19 or learning in general, it certainly does provide a valuable resource for all students. Our teachers and students are working daily to become more proficient in our online learning platform as well as other digital resources. These devices will help further those efforts,” said Cynthia Beavers, Director of Technology for Tazewell County Public Schools.
For more information about the 1:1 initiative, contact Lindsey Mullins, director of public relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 276.988.5511 x 1728.