With most schools suspending in-person instruction due to the coronavirus pandemic, Compton College and the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District both announced Friday they will provide eligible students with technological hardware to continue their studies remotely.
Compton College officials said they will loan 725 laptops to students lacking access to technology beginning Monday.
“During this time, it is imperative we, as educational leaders, provide as much support and assistance to our students,” Compton College President Keith Curry said in a statement. “The Student Laptop Loan Program will help Compton College students as we transition to remote learning for the spring 2020 semester.”
The laptops will be distributed by appointment only to eligible, enrolled students. According to Compton College, students were sent an email with instructions for reserving a laptop on Wednesday, as on-site instruction ended on March 21 to comply with county and state mandates.
Compton College Student Services division plans to continue the Student Laptop Loan Program in the future in an effort to address the technology needs of students who have limited to no access to computers.
Meanwhile, the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District announced it will be providing laptops and internet hotspots to approximately 18,000 eligible students through the duration of its “extended dismissal,” which is tentatively scheduled to last through May 5.
“Our goal is to continue delivering the same high-quality instruction during this dismissal that has always been a hallmark of Hacienda La Puente Unified,” Interim Superintendent Annie Bui said in a statement. “We are prepared to do whatever it takes to serve our students.”
Eligibility for hardware distribution was determined by the district via an online, multi-lingual survey that began March 20, according to the district. Within the first week of the survey’s launch, more than 2,400 families completed the form.
Additionally, HLPUSD has prepared three weeks of “online enrichment materials,” which have been broken down by grade level and subjects, to support students as they continue their studies at home during school closures, according to the district.
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