STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District distributed new Chromebooks Wednesday to students.
The district has been distributing the laptops since early November to almost 4,200 students.
Starkville students with their Google Chromebooks. Photo Date: Nov. 18, 2020.
Eddie Peasant, the school district superintendent, said the devices help keep down waste such as excess paper.
The Mississippi Department of Education provided the devices for all students grades 2-12 and provided iPads for children in the lower grades.
Teachers also received new laptops.
The Mississippi Legislature made it possible to provide the devices across the state.
"Whether we are dealing with COVID or not, we are moving those kids into the 21st century and beyond," District 43 Rep. Rob Roberson said.
The devices will come in handy if schools must temporarily shut down and students turn to virtual learning.
"If we do have to shut the schools down, that doesn't mean we have to shut learning down," Roberson said.
District 38 Rep. Cheikh Taylor said the school district has about two dozen buses equipment with Wi-Fi in the event students do not have internet access at their homes.
"So they [the buses] will be deployed to different parts of the county and city so those who don't have internet will be able to do it through this," Taylor said.
Students will return their Chromebooks at the end of the school year.