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    Laptop Distribution for Seattle Public Schools Students
    Posted on 04/08/2020

    Laptop Distribution for Seattle Public Schools Students

    Please note: If you need a device for your student, check with your student's teacher or your school principal if you have questions about helping your child have access to a computer.

     

    Starting with high school seniors, Seattle Public Schools is beginning distribution of laptops for students the week of April 6. Due to the time to set up each computer for student use, and the limited quantity of devices received in each shipment, rollout of devices will take place over several weeks.

    For high school and middle school students, the devices picked up from schools are Seattle Public Schools (SPS) property and will be checked out to the student for the duration of their enrollment with the district. For this year’s seniors, return instructions will be shared later in the spring.

    Elementary Students (kindergarten - 5th grade)

    Teachers and school staff will be reaching out to families to survey need. The Amazon gifted laptops are for students who do not have access to any other computer in their home and one per household will be provided.

    The laptop will be the student's personal device, other applications and programs may be downloaded. Seattle Public Schools tech support will not be provided for these devices.

    Amazon will ship the laptops directly to student homes around the week of April 20. Read more about the Amazon laptop donation.

    Please check with your student's teacher or your school principal if you have questions about helping your child have access to a computer.

     

    Middle School Students (6th - 8th grades)

    Following completion of distribution to high school students furthest from educational justice who do not have another device available, students in grades 6-8 will begin to receive laptops, in a phased scheduled rollout.

     

    High School Students (9th - 12th grades)

    Beginning with seniors, high school distribution of laptops will begin the week of April 6.

    Counselors have been doing outreach to families to survey need. High school seniors who are behind in credit attainment and who do not have access to another computer in their home will receive laptops first.

    After seniors, the second phase of laptops will be distributed to other students. The first focus for distribution will be on high school students furthest from educational justice without access to another computer in their home. Following the distribution for middle school students furthest from educational justice without access to another computer in their home, all other students in grades 9-11 will be provided a laptop.

    Read more about the district's strategic plan, Seattle Excellence, which is guided by four priorities and laser-focused on supporting students of color who are furthest away from educational justice, beginning with African American boys and young men.

    This distribution will finish the already planned one-to-one (1:1) laptop program. Read more about the 1:1 student laptop program.

    Families will receive an email, phone call, and text message from the district notifying them of their distribution schedule.

     

    About the Distribution Process

    Students will receive a laptop, charger, and information packet to use the computer.

    Students not accompanied by a parent should present an ID (such as a ASB card or drivers license). Students will be asked to complete a user agreement form.

    Following guidelines for physical distancing and hygiene best practices, staff will distribute laptops to students and families who can drive or walk up to receive a device curbside at several schools in the district.

    Laptop distribution will start at Ingraham High School (North Seattle) and Washington Middle School (Central District). These two schools were selected because the school campus can accommodate drive through distribution and are not current meal distribution sites. Sites may be updated as needed.

     

    Additionally, the Alliance for Education and Seattle Public Schools recently created the Education Equity Fund to ensure students can continue to learn during the COVID-19 crisis, especially students furthest from educational justice. Read more about how you can help students overcome technology barriers and allow all students the opportunity to continue learning from home during this global pandemic by donating to the Education Equity Fund.