PATERSON, NJ - With no end in sight to COVID-19 school closure, Paterson Public Schools officials have announced that plans are underway to distribute Chromebook laptop computers to all high school students. The devices, according to a statement, will greatly enhance students’ learning experiences at home and nullify the need for paper packets for these students. 

“The longer our schools remain closed the more important it is to provide our students with the devices and internet access they need to make their learning at home experiences as complete as possible,” said Superintendent of Schools Eileen F. Shafer, adding her gratitude to Director of Business Applications Chris Lewis and his team in the Information Technology Department for all of their efforts in making the laptops available.

More than 7,000 Chromebooks have been cleaned, disinfected and verified to be functional to prepare for their distribution to students during the week of April 20.

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The Chromebooks will be obtained by students at their schools on the following dates:

Monday, April 20th and Tuesday, April 21st 

HARP Academy

International High School

International Baccalaureate Program at International High School

Garrett Morgan Academy

Rosa Parks High School 


Thursday, April 23rd and Friday, April 24th

Kennedy High School


On Friday, April 24th and Monday, April 27th 

Great Falls Academy 

Eastside High School


PANTHER Academy students received their Chromebooks previously.

All high schools will distribute Chromebooks from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Parents and guardians, as well as the students, will need to sign a loan agreement in order for a Chromebook to be loaned to the student. 

Through an offer from Altice USA, families who currently do not have internet access at home will be eligible for 60 days free internet access. Families who want to enroll in Altice USA’s 60-day free internet access should CLICK HERE for more information.

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