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One of the biggest challenges for school districts around the country is making sure students in rural areas have internet connectivity. During this COVID-19 pandemic, the internet and electronic devices have become a hot commodity. “Like toilet paper, these devices are flying off of shelves faster than ever before.” Even trying to find a good internet connection is becoming a big problem around our country and the globe. In the state of Iowa, Sioux City Community Schools was able to deploy personal and mobile hotspot vans to ensure their students have a good internet connection.
In an interview with Dr. Gausman, Superintendent of Sioux City Community Schools. He mentions that
“we have to get better at providing internet connectivity. It has really become something that is like water.”
Dr. Gausman also mentioned that before the school district deployed these hotspots “20-30% of students in the district didn’t have robust internet.”
It is important to make sure that our students have a stable internet connection, to be able to complete their studies. Gausman “encourages other school districts to look at where dead zones might be, to ensure better connectivity for their students.”