Onslow Co. School issuing laptops as part of 1:1 initiative

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Now that students are back in class, Onslow County Schools are implementing a program to help them succeed by giving every child access to technology.

637 laptops are checked out and ready to go. Soon, they’ll be distributed to children to take home.

It’s all part of Onslow County Schools’ 1:1 program. It ensures that all students in grades four through 11 will have a laptop this school year.

16,000 laptops will be distributed.

School officials said the goal is to prepare students for college and the workforce.

“A lot of our students have access to technology at home, but for a lot of our students they don’t and that’s what’s called the digital divide,” explained Stephen Taylor, Onslow Digital Learning and Teaching Coordinator, Onslow County Schools. “We wanted to bridge that digital divide and help those students who didn’t have all of the access at home. We wanted to make sure they were getting just as familiar with the use of technology as the students who did have all of the access so they would be just as competitive as the other students.”

The laptops are valued at nearly $700.

Both parents and students must sign an agreement with the school to pay for any damages.

Next year, the program will include students from the third grade up to the twelfth grade.

Students will be trained on how to use the software on the laptops in the next few weeks. And for parents, there are helpful links on the Onslow County Schools webpage.

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