STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) – Having access to Wi-Fi has become a critical need for students and educators during the coronavirus pandemic.
Because of the pandemic, distance learning is the new norm, but online instruction is just part of the new norm.
When the Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District began delivering meals to students, teachers and administrators learned many students do not have access to Wi-Fi to complete online instruction.
As an alternative to online instruction, the school district distributed thousands of learning packets to students.
School Superintendent Eddie Peasant said teachers have been diligent about making phone calls to students to make sure they have what they need.
Some teachers even made home visits to students while also practicing social distancing.
For dual-enrolled and advanced-placement students, teachers provided them with devices to complete their studies and exams.
Peasant said the school district has a list of locations where students can access free Wi-Fi. Open this link to view the list.