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Chesapeake Public Schools ensures ample devices after families report Chromebook delay

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Posted at 5:28 PM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 17:29:01-04

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Tuesday kicked off the first day of the 2020-21 school year for students all across the Hampton Roads.

Due to COVID-19, students in Chesapeake began the school year virtually. Schools across the district have offered Chromebooks or other devices to students in need.

As parents and students prepared for the first day of school, some families found their selves still needing a Chromebook for the school year despite Tuesday being the first day of school.

Chesapeake Public Schools told News 3 that ample devices were provided to each school based upon the family's needs collected in the summer. CPS says they understand needs may change or that some families did not initially respond, however each school was allocated more than what was required.

School officials say some schools made it a priority to hand out devices to those who reported a need first and created a waiting list for others.

According to CPS, if a family said their answer choice was incorrect or their situation changed they were included in the distribution of Chromebooks across the district.

School officials say they are working with each family that is now indicating that their situation has changed and they now will require a device.

If a school runs out of their supply, more devices are delivered from the Department of Technology, which takes one to two days to replenish their supply.

CPS says they do not want a lack of technology to be a barrier for any families and that families should contact their child's school if they are in need of assistance.