This year, distance or aka online learning has become a norm for most schools around the world. However, for those who can't afford or simply don't have access to the internet, this can pose problems and can hinder children's learning advancements.
That's why a school district in Jackson, Michigan in the U.S., has deployed a fleet of school buses equipped with Wi-Fi to certain parts of the school's districts, per MLive. Now, kids who weren't able to connect to their online learning classes can continue their education.
Jackson Public Schools has launched the program, among others around the country, and shared details of where its 13 Wi-Fi buses are located on its Facebook page.
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Many of us take the internet for granted nowadays, but for 35% of Jackson students, it's not something their families can afford or have access to, per MLive.
Hence Jackson Public Schools' decision to launch its Wi-Fi school bus fleet on October 12th to the least-connected parts of the district. Families in these areas will now have access to the internet for free.
The buses will be in place from 9:15 AM until 12:45 PM, Monday to Friday, per Jackson Public Schools. Each bus has explanations of how to connect to its Wi-Fi, and they will provide Wi-Fi at a range of 150 to 300 feet from the buses, which you can see where they'll be located thanks to this map.
In the end, the goal is to set out all 52 of its buses, and it has already been spent $65,000 on this project.
Superintendent Jeff Beal explained to MLive, "A lot of this is trying to predict what might happen or what might be needed. We want to make certain that we have the ability to make sure all kids have access to be able to continue their education."
This isn't the first time we see something of the sort. Back in April, it was reported that Jackson County in Florida had also launched a fleet of school buses equipped with Wi-Fi hotspots for students.
This type of out-of-the-box thinking is required as the world navigates unknown and fast-changing times. The future of education will have to adapt to uncertain times, and many already are doing so. Facebook, for instance, has launched an app for college students to better connect with fellow students as they go through remote learning.