The South Bend Community School Corporation, the fourth-largest school district in Indiana according to its website, last week announced schools would offer digital-only learning for at least the first eight weeks of the school year, which started Wednesday.
The school is parking buses in designated areas that lack internet service, the district said in a statement, “near benches or covered areas.” Students aren’t allowed on the bus, for safety and health reasons.
The district has distributed more than 17,000 Chromebooks to students, and they will automatically be able to log on to the WiFi with those, the district said.
“The soonest students would return in person to classrooms is October 5,” said Superintendent Dr. Todd Cummings in a statement.
“We will remain flexible and will confer with health officials as we plan for learning options after October 5. The health and safety of our students, teachers, and families will drive any of those decisions.”
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