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Hillsborough Schools to Distribute Devices Wednesday through Friday

March 24, 2020

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications

Tampa, Fla. – (March 24, 2020) – Our district’s staff has been hard at work during Set Up For Success Week prepping thousands of devices to check out to families in preparation of eLearning, which begins on Monday.

School and district staff have used surveys and phone calls to determine which students need access to a device. Now those parents will be given an appointment, starting on Wednesday, March 25, to check out the device at their child’s school.

Principals created a rotating schedule for device checkout between Wednesday and Friday of this week to ensure social distancing and to maintain an orderly pickup. Families are being notified of their scheduled pickup times by their schools. Families are also being given an alternate time if they are unable to come at their assigned time.

Parents must bring a photo ID and will need to know their child’s student number (which is the same as their lunch number). The schools will have an assigned drive-thru area for device pickup and will gather any necessary information from parents. A parent or guardian must be present to check out the device.

Families must have a pickup time scheduled by their school in advance to receive a device—unscheduled walk-ups will not be allowed.

Our district has roughly 51,000 devices currently in our schools to be loaned out to students for eLearning. At this time, families with multiple children will be provided one device so we can ensure that at least every household that needs a device can check one out.

Any families that still need a device should contact their school IF they have not heard from their child’s school by NOON on Thursday to set up an appointment for Friday.

Starting on Monday, teachers will be connecting with their students online, providing exciting ways to start eLearning.


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