PATERSON, NJ – Efforts to equip every Paterson Public Schools students with a Chromebook to be used for online learning in the coming school year have taken a step backwards with the announcement that thousands of the devices, originally promised by late July or early August, will not be delivered until late September or early October.
Calling it “the latest in a series of unpredictable disruptions to students and their education this year,” Superintendent of Schools Eileen F. Shafer offered reassurance that the district will do everything they can to keep students learning in the year ahead. “Providing online learning to our students is a critical part of our restart plan for the upcoming year,” she said, adding that they are considering options and possible solutions to the “complication.”
Utilizing $3.4 million in CARES Act funding, Paterson Public Schools officials ordered 13,845 Chromebooks on June 2nd. The order was placed through CDW Corporation, a technology products distributor, which partners with Lenovo, a company that manufactures Chromebooks. Officials in the district’s Information Technology Department have been regularly following up to check the status of the order, a statement said.
“Getting news like this within a month of the scheduled start of the new school year is an undeniable setback,” said Board of Education President Kenneth L. Simmons. “The Paterson Public Schools District is one of many school districts in the nation that is being impacted by the low supply of Chromebook devices. We will be vigilantly working to find ways to get devices in the hands of our students as soon as possible.”
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