Do your children have computers, internet access needed for online learning? MPS wants to know

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- As schools in the Milwaukee area make the switch to online and e-learning, officials with Milwaukee Public Schools are trying to find out how many students don't have the adequate technology needed to do that.

In a letter to MPS families this week, Superintendent Dr. Keith Posley said he knows that not all families have access to computers or internet, and the district wants to make sure all students will be able to access online materials.

MPS administrators are developing a plan for online learning opportunities. On April 14, the district will start providing instructional materials at the 20 Stop, Grab, and Go locations throughout the city.

Posley is asking every MPS family to take the MPS Student Device and Internet Access Survey to help gauge their technology needs. The district says families should complete the survey by Tuesday at 1 p.m.

The survey will help them get devices into the hands of students who need them most. Schools will prioritize high school students and seniors to help make sure they can graduate on time.

Dawn Barnett, the co-executive director of Running Rebels Community Organization, said she is looking into providers who are offering free or discounted internet packages to help students during this time. She said not having the proper technology can put students, particulary low-income students, at a severe disadvantage.

"The last thing that we want is for young people to feel that they're disconnected. It's already a very isolating time that we're in. We want to make sure that the youth are encouraged," Barnett said.

MPS will distribute devices to students who need them on the following dates:

  • April 16 and 17 for high school students
  • April 20 for middle school students
  • April 22, 23 and 24 for elementary school students

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