Rural students struggle to succeed without internet connection – Huntington Herald Dispatch

Rural students struggle to succeed without internet connection – Huntington Herald Dispatch

ASHLAND — Schools transitioned online as COVID-19 cases across the nation rose, but for some students in the Tri-State, the transition didn’t come without trouble.

For many rural students, the difference between graduating this year is Wi-Fi connection. This has educators and administrators scrambling.

Emma Fowler, guardian of Boyd County Central senior Cheyenne McWhorter, says getting school work completed in an online setting is nearly impossible.

“The internet out here is extremely slow, so when Cheyenne is trying to do her work on the laptop, it just won’t load,” Fowler said.

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As students grapple with how they will be able to attend class and meet deadlines in this new normal, educators like Spanish professor Tim Mollet, of Ohio University Southern, are trying to get creative.

“I’ve even considered snail mail,” Mollet said.

Schools like Ohio University Southern and Boyd County High School are offering up their parking lots as a temporary solution.

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