MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A school district in eastern Mississippi is setting up Wi-Fi hotspots on campuses to help students who don’t have internet access at home.
The hotspots in Lauderdale County will be in school parking lots, and each student will need a password.
Lauderdale schools are giving students the option of in-person or online classes this academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The district's technology director, Trent Airhart, says a survey showed that 25% of students in the Lauderdale schools lack adequate broadband coverage or other forms of internet access.
Schools in other rural parts of Mississippi are facing similar challenges.