Below is an excerpt of the letter sent home to families on June 24, 2020. For the full letter, click here.
We believe in Swampscott that all students should have an equal opportunity to the same resources and quality education as their peers. Our goal has always been to provide a Chromebook to all students in grades 2-12 as part of our curriculum. The CARES Act, a federal grant program, has allowed us to supplement our existing inventory with enough devices to finally launch a 1:1 Chromebook program in grades 2-12 for the fall of 2020 no matter what our learning model looks like.
All students in grades 5-12 will be issued a device to take to and from school each day.
All students in grades 2-3-4 will be issued a device that will live at school in their classroom unless we are engaged in distance learning in some form.
We want to keep our families in the loop of these decisions because they may impact your choices this summer to purchase or not purchase your own home devices. To caution, any device that the district provides will be managed by Swampscott Public Schools, and therefore will be limited in what students can access outside of schoolwork, unlike a home device that can be used for broader web surfing and gaming. However, this may provide relief for families who do not have enough devices, are still sharing, or are unsure if they should purchase a device for their children in light of this recent pandemic.
Pamela R. H. Angelakis, M.A., M.Ed.
Superintendent of Schools