School year starts virtually for Daviess Co. with access to WiFi across the county

School year starts virtually for Daviess Co. with access to WiFi across the county
Updated: Aug. 26, 2020 at 7:01 PM CDT
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DAVIESS CO., Ky. (WFIE) - Daviess County Public Schools are set to resume school Wednesday.

Students signed up for the virtual academy and A/B model students will meet via computer for at least the first few weeks.

The superintendent says all students will be doing online learning all five days.

He says, right now, 13 teachers and 18 students are quarantined.

School officials say tons of planning has gone into the start of school.

“There are so many logistical things going on here,” said Matt Robbins. “You heard some in our meeting today about the WiFi buses, making sure our outdoor WiFi is capable at all our facilities.”

The school district has several options for families who don’t have WiFi.

One option would be to access each schools’ WiFi from the parking lot, but you do have to be in a specific area that signs will indicate. The schools’ WiFi can be accessed from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. every day.

Another option is WiFi buses. We’ve previously reported that those buses will be stationed throughout the area.

[Daviess Co. Public Schools to place WiFi buses throughout community]

Those buses are tarted across the city, at different parks, and near different neighborhoods.

The school district’s website says that allows students to come aboard, and they can log on to do their activities.

Those WiFi buses will be available from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. until students go back to in-person learning. Then the buses will only be out on Wednesdays.

Students have one other way to access the internet and that’s through community partners.

Tom Blue Furniture and Kentucky Farm Bureau have internet access from their lots.

The Daviess County Public Library will have approximately 30 working hotspots will be available to anyone in Daviess County, but the kids are allowed to use them for non-traditional learning.

You will be able to check those out for one week. However, you must be 18-year-old with a library card to get a hotspot. If no one is on hold, you will be able to renew the hotspot.

On Wednesday, the food services team will be working because Wednesday is the first day you can pick up meals.

Daviess County students are allowed to pick those up from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at all Daviess County Schools.

They’ll get two breakfasts, and two lunches with those extra meals for the non-pickup days.

If you have multiple kids, you only have to go to one school to pick up those meals. You won’t have to worry about driving to each kid’s school.

DCPS and the state of Kentucky are asking USDA to extend the Summer Feeding Program into the 2020-2021 school year, which means the meals would be free, but for now, they are charged to the students’ lunch accounts.

School year starts Wednesday for Daviess Co.

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