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Northeast Times | November 30, 2021

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CEDAR HILL ISD DISTRIBUTES NEARLY 900 LAPTOPS TO FAMILIES IN NEED

CEDAR HILL ISD DISTRIBUTES NEARLY 900 LAPTOPS TO FAMILIES IN NEED

With the unprecedented Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis affecting school districts across the nation, Cedar Hill Independent School District had to quickly transition to online lessons (Flex Learning) for its scholars.

CHISD Superintendent Dr. Gerald Hudson was aware that many families in the District did not have access to the devices or technology that would make it possible for their scholars to learn from home. Last month, the District distributed nearly 900 devices to families and teachers in need, understanding that it will go a long way in alleviating technology challenges. 

Hudson said, “We created a technology survey to determine the needs of our families and everything developed from there. Families who completed the technology survey received a device. Once the district provides a device, families are required to sign a checkout contract and assume financial responsibility in the event that the device is damaged, destroyed, or lost.”

Hudson credited the teamwork of his administration to turn this initiative into a reality. He said the CHISD Technology Department was able to mobilize its resources quickly to ensure student success. 

CHISD Director of Technology Neil Bolton said he was grateful that his department could play a larger role in making technology available to scholars throughout CHISD. “Technology continues to be an ever-growing role in classroom instruction and in the District as a whole, but this unforeseen situation made it necessary for us to act quickly to ensure every scholar receives the same access to education during the closure,” Bolton said.