BROWARD COUNTY – On Friday, March 20, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) parents and guardians from across the District picked up more than 64,000 computer devices to support their children’s education. The devices are part of the District’s efforts to ensure all students have access to online learning, which begins Districtwide on Monday, March 30, due to schools being closed because of the coronavirus threat.
As part of the distribution process, parents and guardians went to their child’s school beginning at 8 a.m., completed necessary documentation and left with tablets and laptops on loan from the District for their children.
Superintendent Robert W. Runcie visited Walter C. Young Middle School on Friday morning to watch the distribution process and speak with families and staff.
“It’s been wonderful to see our families supporting their child’s education and know that we have the technology resources to help them during this time,” Superintendent Runcie said. “Part of this day was made possible through the taxpayers of Broward County who passed our SMART Bond, which allowed us to purchase over 95,000 computing devices and reduce our student to computer ratio from 6:1 to 2:1, and in many grade levels to 1:1. Because of those investments, we are technology-rich, which is critical more than ever.”
For parents who were unable to go to their child’s school, or if the school ran out of computer devices, a second device distribution day will be scheduled in the near future