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Sioux City Community School District Boosts Wi-Fi for Students

Governor Kim Reynolds says she will soon make a decision about her order to keep non-essential businesses closed through the end of the month.  An announcement could come during Friday’s daily news conference.

A week earlier, she closed schools for the rest of the academic year.  Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer shares details on how the Sioux City Community School district is looking to reach all students with online learning.

Hot spot locations can be found here.

Students in the Sioux City Community School District continue their studies through voluntary continuous learning;  packets for elementary students, weekly on-line coursework for junior and senior high levels.

“Of course, no one of us want to go through the challenges of COVID-19.  The economic burdens we are about to face are so significant.  There are some positives to come out of this like distance learning and for us to find new and creative ways to serve children.”

That’s superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman. 

To help students with online learning the district set up several mobile hotspots for access to free WI-FI. 

The district added six new sites including apartment buildings and mobile home communities.

There will be a vehicle marked with the school district logo to identify the hotspot. 

There are already permanent hotspot locations; including all of the high schools and Bryant, Irving, Liberty and Riverside Elementary. 

Not having access to technology for all students is one of the reasons why the state of Iowa doesn’t require mandatory learning.

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