South Western School District buys 13 hot spots for remote students

Erin Bamer
York Dispatch
South Western High School in Penn Township, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The South Western School District purchased 13 Wi-Fi hot spots for students without internet access when the district's schools are closed for remote learning. 

The school board voted 7-0 Wednesday night to approve a contract with Verizon to provide the hot spots. Superintendent Jay Burkhart did not specify how many students would gain internet access through the hot spots. 

The district will pay Verizon a $60 one-time fee for the devices, then pay $45 per device for the first three months, and $15 per device per month for the remaining months, according to Doug Greenholt, the district's technology director. 

The board voted in November to transition all six of its schools to fully remote learning as COVID-19 cases were rising throughout York County. Schools were still in remote learning this week, and plan to reopen Jan. 19. 

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Burkhart said the district provided paper copies of assignments to students without internet access prior to signing the contract. 

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in York County, hitting 27,663 total cases and 529 deaths as of Thursday. The South Western School District has recorded 67 total cases since August, 16 of which were recorded in the last 14 days, according to the district's COVID-19 dashboard.

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