Connectivity is a top priority as it is highly likely most, if not all, students and staff will particulate in DL at some point. Many divisions are using buses for WiFi connectivity in remote areas. We need to consider creative aways to solve the problem and the costs involved. Looking forward to hearing Ian Serotkin, Loudoun County School Board Member, Blue Ridge District’s ideas at the SB board meeting on Tuesday evening.
A Tale of Two Blue Ridges
I've spent a lot of time in the past few days looking over the numbers from the return to school surveys.
This is a map of the Blue Ridge district. It is quite large, roughly a third of Loudoun County by geographic area. Each box in the chart is a school in Blue Ridge, and the number shown is the percentage of families that selected hybrid.
I colored the schools that picked majority hybrid as green, and the ones that didn't as blue. As you can see, every single school west of Route 15 had more than 50% of students pick hybrid. And every single school east of Route 15 had less than 50% of students pick hybrid. (Students who didn't make a selection are lumped into hybrid.)
I often feel as if I represent two entirely different districts at the same time, but it's not usually thrown into such stark contrast.
My biggest takeaway from listening to constituents on their choices, particularly in the west, is that access to internet/broadband was a huge factor in making their selections.
I'll have more to say on this in the coming days.