Connecting America’s At-Home Classrooms

Teacher holding online class for e-learning

By Jessica Denson

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KIPP University Prep High School sits at the center of San Antonio, Texas — a city of about 1.5 million people. Because it’s in an urban area, you’d expect to find Internet access in just about every nearby home but that’s simply not the case.

“Once we were told that the school would be closing because of COVID-19, laptops were distributed to students. Some parents picked them up, others needed them delivered,” said Danielle White, a special education teacher at the charter school. “It wasn’t long before we realized that there were parents who did not have Internet access in their homes.”

KIPP UPREP, as it’s referred to, serves 800 students in grades 9-12, and is part of the KIPP Texas Public School System. Nearly 88% of the student population in the school system is economically disadvantaged and 37% are English Language learners — which means some unique challenges when it comes to learning at home.

Learn creative ways to solve the digital obstacles that vulnerable student populations face during COVID-19.

Originally published on November 1, 2020