LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Starting this week, Clark County Schools are contacting families to see who needs a Chromebook for the upcoming school year. Some students still don’t have the technology required for full-time distance learning.
“Not having the two, how is that going to work out?” questioned Cassandra Bouakka, a parent and teacher.
After multiple phone calls and filling out a form, Bouakka is still not sure if both of her kids will get a Chromebook this year.
“I’m really hoping the school pulls through, and it’s not stressful,” she said.
The district is reaching out directly to parents through email and the online portal “Infinite Campus.”
Chromebooks will be given out over the coming weeks, with another distribution happening in the fall.
“What if they run out?” Bouakka asked. “Then now, your child is going to be without. Nothing is 100% guaranteed.”
She tells us she won’t know until Aug. 17, the week before school starts, if each of her kids will have their own device.
“I wish we had things a little more set up, being able to get on the system they’re using so we can practice it,” she said. “But you know, it’s this whole last second thing that happens a lot in education. It’s unfortunate for us as parents because it makes it look like we don’t even know what’s going on.”
In the meantime, Bouakka is considering getting a Chromebook on her own. That way, her kids have enough time to practice logging into the system before school starts.
“Kids know how to go to Playstation and to Roblox, but when it comes to the educational part, they have to learn that,” she explained.
CCSD says if a parent has not received any information from their child’s school, and they need a Chromebook, they should contact the school directly. Parents should make sure their contact information is updated on Infinite Campus so schools can reach them.
Each child has to be fully registered for this school year in order to receive a device.
Chromebooks will initially be given to students with the most need. As students wait for a Chromebook, they are allowed to use their own devices for distance learning.
8 News Now asked the school district how many Chromebooks are still needed and how many have been ordered. CCSD told us Thursday it needs 76,000, which totals around $23 million. The full statement reads:
The Clark County School District (CCSD) is currently working to acquire approximately 76,000 additional Chromebooks to reach a districtwide 1:1 student to device ratio and retain an adequate inventory for replacement during the school year. CCSD estimates the additional Chromebooks will cost $23 million. CCSD continues to work with community partners to assist families with obtaining connectivity at home and will pursue devices where necessary.
CCSD is working with our vendor to obtain the needed Chromebooks and anticipates having the devices ready for deployment this fall. Schools are currently collecting survey data to identify which students have a need for a device or connectivity and are prioritizing the deployment of existing device inventory to meet those expressed needs.Clark County School District