The lowest participation is among the district’s youngest students. That’s likely in part because those students are the ones who most require the help of a parent or someone else to get online to complete school work.
The participation rates also are higher in grades where the district has pushed to get tablets and laptops in the hands of every student. Middle schoolers, for example, have the highest participation rate so far. The district has had a one-to-one technology program in grades six, seven and eight.
The district also has distributed more than 7,500 iPads to first and second graders.
During the first two weeks of building closures, 94.2% of middle school students logged into APS systems at least once. In high school, the percentage was 89.7%.
Carstarphen said the district wasn't prepared to give every student a device, but staffers worked in the weeks before spring break to distribute as many devices to students as possible.
Some students still may not have a device, and not every student has access to the internet.
Carstarphen said access to free internet or wifi hotspots is “very spotty” across the city, and district officials have been asking for help from telecommunication companies, businesses and other leaders to help in those parts of town.