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Hacienda La Puente Unified to Provide Laptops, Hotspots to Ensure Connectivity for 18,000 Students during Extended Dismissal
Posted 4/3/20

HACIENDA LA PUENTE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
15959 EAST GALE AVENUE • P.O. BOX 60002 • CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA 91716-0002 • (626) 933-3800
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT: Superintendent’s Office  (626) 933-3801
MARCH 27, 2020 


Hacienda La Puente Unified to Provide Laptops, Hotpots to Ensure Connectivity for 18,000 Students during Extended Dismissal


CITY OF INDUSTRY – Hacienda La Puente Unified has launched an effort to provide laptops and internet connectivity to students who lack home access during the extended school dismissal, drawing on resources from its 1:1 laptop program.


The tools will ensure students in preschool through high school can access online instructional materials until classes resume, Tentatively expected Tuesday, May 5. The closure is part of efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.


“Our goal is to continue delivering the same high-quality instruction during this dismissal that has always been a hallmark of Hacienda La Puente Unified,” Interim Superintendent Annie Bui said. “We are prepared to do whatever it takes to serve our students.”


Home internet access will be delivered through wireless mobile access points – or hotspots – connected to local telecommunications providers.


To determine which students require assistance, the District began an online survey on March 20. Survey details have been shared via email in English, Spanish and Chinese. In the first week, more than 2,400 families filled out the form.


Students are familiar with the laptops and online resources because they have used the tools as part of regular instruction for years; use of both intensified in fall 2019 with the start of Hacienda La Puente Unified’s 1:1 laptop program. The laptops checked out will be the same devices used as part of the 1:1 program. In addition, the District has prepared three weeks of online enrichment materials broken down by grade level and subject; printed versions of the materials can be picked up by families at the seven meals distribution sites.
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