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High Schools Get Homework Hotspots
High Schools Get Homework Hotspots
Posted on 09/22/2017
Buncombe County Schools and Sprint have teamed up to make sure all of our high school students have the connectivity to do their online homework at home.

Thanks to a grant from Sprint’s 1 Million Project, high school students who don’t have home Internet access can get a “Homework Hotspot” from their school, which allows their school-issued device to connect to the Sprint network.

“They’ll be able to continue their research and finish assignments from the comfort of their own homes,” said John Draughon, media coordinator at Enka High School. “It’s going to allow teachers to be more flexible with what they give students to do, and the students will have an easier time collaborating on group projects.”

BCS Technology Department staff members configured and distributed Homework Hotspot devices to students at Enka High School on Friday.The program began at Enka High School on Friday and will roll out to all BCS high schools in the next month, said Barry Pace, BCS director of technology.

“We have a total of 700 Homework Hotspots that we can activate and issue to students who need them,” he said.

The Sprint grant provides the hotspots and service at no cost to BCS or our families for at least five years. The hotspots are configured to work only with a student's school-issued device and maintain the school system's content restrictions.

“We’re very excited for the opportunity to level the online playing field for all our high schools,” Pace said.

BCS is working with Eblen Charities and its community partners to expand Homework Hotspots to younger students.

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