If Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) or Distance Learning has done anything, it has highlighted the Digital Divide more than ever before. In doing so, it has forced school districts to evaluate how they plan to support their students and the community. As Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio outlined in his October 16, 2020 press conference, the Digital Divide in Louisville is clearly marked and JCPS is committed to supporting our 96,000 students and addressing this divide among them.
Since that date, JCPS has provided the following support across our city to students in pre-kindergarten to 12th grade:
- 60,000+ Chromebooks
- 11,500+ Cellular Hotspots with Unlimited Data Plans (each supporting multiple devices within a household)
- 9,000+ Cellular-enabled iPads with 30 GB data Plan (Unlimited during the current medical crisis) – Through the Verizon Innovative Learning Program
- 1,360+ iPads
- 1,100+ Windows Laptops
Overall, JCPS has provided our students with over 70,000 devices and provided internet connectivity for over 30,000 students who would otherwise be unable to participate in NTI learning. In addition, JCPS provides an online technology support portal for students, their parents, and JCPS faculty.
Executive Director of Technology Integration
Jefferson County Public Schools- KY