Cobb students getting laptops for home learning during coronavirus outbreak

The Cobb Schools Foundation is raising $250,000 to provide these devices to about 1,000 students at home “in order for them to continue their academic experience via digital learning.”

The Cobb Schools Foundation wants to make sure all students in the district have the tools they need to continue their lessons at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Foundation is raising $250,000 to provide these devices to about 1,000 students “in order for them to continue their academic experience via digital learning,” the Cobb school district said.

The students were identified as not having the necessary equipment at their homes to take part in digital learning while schools are closed.

Cobb County schools have been closed since March 16 due to the pandemic. Gov. Brian Kemp has ordered all public schools to remain closed through April 24 to curtail the spread of the novel virus.

Cobb schools say students who don’t have these devices may face academic challenges in the future and with the Foundation’s help, students can “continue to have success and have the tools and resources needed to achieve their goals.”

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The school district said the Foundation anticipates making its first purchase of Chromebook laptops by early next week.

Residents can donate to the Foundation’s Family Stabilization Campaign, which helps families experiencing hardships due to a lapse in finances and employment.

Once students have the devices in hand, the school district said Comcast will provide free WiFi and extend access to power for families who are struggling.

“With the community’s support, we know that we can prevent an increase in transiency and help students gain access to online learning,” said Felicia Wagner, executive director of the Cobb Schools Foundation.

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You can make a donation by visiting the Foundation's website or emailing cobbschoolsfoundation@cobbk12.org.


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