After shipment delay, Chromebooks for Boise students set to arrive Friday

When remote classes began for Boise students on Monday, roughly 9,900 — or 39% — went without the Chromebooks the district had promised them in June. But a delayed shipment of 13,000 Chromebooks the district ordered in May is set to arrive Friday, said Dan Hollar, the district spokesperson.

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The Chromebooks must be processed before they are distributed, Hollar said, so a small portion of the laptops will be distributed beginning early next week. The rest will go out “soon after,” Hollar said.

A recent study from the State Board of Education found that over half the K-12 students in Idaho do not have access to a remote learning device at home. After distributing 8,600 Chromebooks in the spring and 7,000 in August, the district is confident that all students who expressed a need for a computer have one, Hollar said Tuesday.

The remaining students who haven’t yet received district-issued devices have likely used at-home devices to attend class. All district students eventually are expected to have district-supplied devices as part of a one-to-one device plan.

Students without reliable internet at home to access their classes can expect to receive their district-issued internet hotspots soon. After shipment delays, the district announced in a tweet Thursday it has received 1,000 wireless internet hotspots. There are 28,521 students and 2,739 teachers in Idaho without internet connectivity, according to the State Board’s survey.

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