Atlantis Purchases 1,400 New Chromebooks
Investment gives school a 1-to-1 student-to-technology ratio as educators prepare a hybrid approach to teaching this fall due to COVID-19 pandemic
Regardless of what the upcoming school year looks like because of COVID-19, when classes resume in the fall, Atlantis students will have a new tool at their disposal. Atlantis has purchased 1,400 new Chromebook laptops and tablets, investing in new technology to achieve a 1-to-1 student-to-technology ratio.
“Atlantis was committed to providing one device for every student as part of our efforts to develop a more robust digital learning program, but the pandemic sped up the timetable,” said Robert Beatty, executive director of Atlantis Charter School. “A lot of things could change over the coming weeks and months, but by preparing now we will be in a better position to respond to new challenges.”
As a result of the statewide closure of public schools beginning in March, Atlantis was able to repurpose funds that would have gone toward regular operations to purchase 1,200 Dell 11 Chromebook laptops for grades 2-12 and 220 Asus Chromebook tablets for K-1 students. Atlantis also purchased upgraded laptops for classroom teachers to better facilitate remote learning.
“Our goal is to be able to provide learning from anywhere. Having upgraded technology to help meet the needs of students is critical to any well-functioning remote learning plan,” said Michael Lauro, associate executive director of Atlantis Charter School. “This purchase ensures we can put a laptop in the hands of every one of our students this fall, allowing for a seamless transition between in-person learning and remote learning.”
Atlantis is currently developing plans for in-person instruction, the continuation of remote learning, and a hybrid of both as required by state guidelines issued in late June. Administrators will be in close contact with families over the summer to gauge their needs for the 2020-21 academic year and come up with a plan that best meets the needs of the Atlantis community.
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