When COVID compelled faculty districts nationwide to rapidly pivot to distant studying, we not solely needed to configure cellular units for college students to take house, but additionally implement safeguards to protect them from inappropriate content material whereas exterior faculty partitions. We took each tasks very significantly, realizing that households had been counting on us to keep up each a continuity of studying and security for his or her youngsters.
With 45 faculty websites and about 22,000 college students to handle, we knew this is able to be a serious enterprise. To deal with the challenges, we first upgraded our system to accommodate the 20,000-plus Chromebooks that our college students would want to be taught from house. Then, we acquired further licenses for ContentKeeper, a faculty internet filter we’d been utilizing since 2017. Utilizing this mixed strategy, we’ve been in a position to keep management of content material inside social media web sites; enable college students entry to academic content material; and block or unblock websites as wanted.
Getting everybody on-line and on board
Previous to the worldwide pandemic, we had been at a 2:1 student-to-computer ratio due to our labs, however extra like 4:1 for true wi-fi entry. We had been within the early phases of going 1:1 when COVID hit, having already secured a bond to fund a full refresh. Sadly, we rapidly realized that handing out computer systems to households with a number of youngsters was an issue, and that we didn’t have the tools to do a real 1:1. As a substitute, we used our bond cash to purchase hundreds of Chromebooks.