With the mandatory “Shelter in Place” situation, American schools have relocated online. But it has made education impossible for kids who come from poverty: a lot of them don’t have regular Internet access. That’s how Steve Holmes, a superintendent of Arizona’s Sunnyside Unified School District came up with the WiFi buses project.
As AZCentral reported on April 6th, the idea is to park WiFi-equipped school buses across the area. From 7:30-10 a.m. the students will be able to attend those improvised Internet cafes for their online classes. They will also be served school lunches. All the essential social distancing protocols will be regulated as well.
Steve Holmes expressed his hope that the new initiative will also help get in touch with those 250 students who broke contact with their school counselors since the beginning of quarantine. The majority of those kids live below the poverty line.