During the pandemic the households with multiple students had the most trouble next to those without broadband. When multiple students were on zoom calls, the students experienced slow-down and/or failure on their meetings. Many parents were staying home to be safe as well which caused even more challenges when student learning interfered with parents trying to work remotely. We have identified over 1700 students in households with three or more students per household.
During the spring 2019 dismissal, we surveyed teachers and students and were able to reach all but 13% of our students. This percentage was obtained from records kept by teachers, para educators, and other teaching aides during the pandemic. The 1:1 Murray PowerUp program provided a device to every student for home use in the Murray District during the dismissal which helped us assume the 13% had access to a district provided Chromebooks, but not broadband access.
The Murray PowerPlay LTE network is being launched with the help of CARES funding and UETN.
The solutions of PowerPlay is three part:
Provide Verizon Hotspots
Provide Murray PowerPlay LTE Home Gateways
Provide Direct Fiber connections to our high density/low income apartment connections