Daviess Co. Public Schools place WiFi buses throughout community

Daviess Co. Public Schools place WiFi buses throughout community
Updated: Aug. 20, 2020 at 7:13 PM CDT
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DAVIESS CO., Ky. (WFIE) - As many Kentucky schools decide to shut their doors indefinitely to in-person classes, students are adjusting to online learning.

Daviess County Public School leaders have stationed internet-equipped buses at ten spots throughout the community. They say students will be able to get on the buses and connect to a mobile hotspot.

School officials say following a survey sent out to parents, they realized 9% of students don’t have internet access at home. They say the WiFi buses will be out Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To help students get started with the first day, one teacher went out to lend a hand.

“We are out here today because it’s our first day of school. We are using our WiFi bus to help students that don’t have internet to give them that opportunity and so this is a tough transition both with technology and hooking up to new WiFi,” said interventionist for Southern Oaks Elementary School, Marcia Toms. “So it’s wonderful that we have this opportunity but it is a challenge.”

A challenge that Marcia Toms says she's willing to take on.

“We do have students with language barriers and families of those students, and so we work very hard to serve them and meet their needs,” said Toms.

Instead of teaching from her classroom, Toms went out to the Chuck Grey neighborhood to lend a hand.

“It’s just that we want to provide the opportunity and make sure that all students are able to get on google classroom and are able to see their teachers and hear their lessons and it’s very important for all of them to be on the same level,” said Toms.

The teacher says she typically works with students who are English language learners so she says she’s been able to walk both the students and their parents through the first day.

“Because many times you might think that a student doesn’t want to do their work but that’s not the case at all. They are more than happy to do their work but they need you to get them through their first steps,” said Toms.

Toms says she plans to be out in the Chuck Grey neighborhood to help for the next few days until she can get the students set up and ready to work independently.

Here’s a list of all of the districts school bus community WiFi locations:

  • Panther Creek Park Shifley Park
  • Thompson Berry Park Chuck Gray Court
  • Legion Park Combest Pool parking lot
  • Horse Fork Creek Park Colony Mobile Home Park
  • Yellow Creek Park Riverbend Mobile Home Park
  • Shifley Park
  • Chuck Gray Court
  • Combest Pool parking lot
  • Colony Mobile Home Park
  • Riverbend Mobile Home Park

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