LCPS Begins Distributing Chromebooks to Enable Distance Learning

 

On Wednesday, March 25, Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) began distributing approximately 12,000 Chromebooks to students in grade 3-12 who do not already have them.

 

Distribution began at J. Michael Lunsford and Brambleton middle schools. Primary distribution is scheduled to take place through Tuesday, March 31, with make-up distribution days of Wednesday, April 1, through Friday, April 3.

 

School principals have been communicating with their communities regarding this process. If your grade 3-12 student does not have an LCPS Chromebook and you have not heard from your principal, please contact them to learn more about the plan.

 

LCPS has been implementing a three-year rollout of Chromebook computers to all students in grade 3 through 12 since the 2018-2019 school year.

 

To support distance learning by students in those grades during the COVID-19 school closure, LCPS has accelerated the third-year deployment plan from the 2020-2021 school year to now. The Chromebook distribution will support students’ distance-learning needs as LCPS teachers begin providing distance-learning lessons, both digital and non-digital, on Monday, March 30.

 

”We are enthusiastic about the distribution of the Chromebooks because it is a key part of our continuation of learning opportunities during the school closure,” said LCPS Superintendent Dr. Eric Williams during the Chromebook distribution at Brambleton Middle School. “It means students will have the opportunity to continue to develop the math skills, reading and writing skills and their knowledge across a variety of content areas. Besides intellectual growth, I think it is going to be good for positive mental health for students to be engaged in learning initiatives during the school closure.”    

 

On March 10, the Loudoun County School Board authorized the use of $5 million to purchase additional Chromebooks in the event of a need to accelerate the program, and LCPS immediately ordered the devices. LCPS closed its schools on March 12, and Governor Ralph Northham ordered all Virginia schools closed for the remainder of the academic year on March 23. LCPS started receiving the Chromebooks last week, and its Department  of Digital Innovation began preparing the computers and organizing the logistics to allow their distribution.

 

“The members of the Department of Digital Innovation truly are community care heroes,” said Williams. 

 

LCPS also has purchased approximately 1,500 internet hotspots for distribution to families that need assistance in accessing the internet for instructional purposes. Distribution of those devices will take place over the next week to 10 days  to support the distance-learning needs of families across the county.