There is no end in sight to COVID-19. With a continued need for distance learning in many cities and countless families still lacking basic internet service, the return to school this fall is more complicated than it has ever been.
In the San Antonio Independent School District in Texas, they’re running new fiber optic cables from traffic lights to deliver internet to neighborhoods where families can’t get online. In Colorado’s Boulder Valley School District, a company is installing transmitter-receivers on school rooftops to beam over-the-air internet to students within a two- to three-mile radius. In Cleveland, Ohio, the district is working with a nonprofit internet provider that offers low-cost service. In Chicago and Philadelphia, the school systems launched ambitious collaborations to give all families in need an internet connection. In Mississippi, the department of education secured funding for a statewide initiative to help ensure every student has home internet access and a device for online learning. And in Arizona, the Phoenix Union High School District is partnering on a major initiative to blanket the entire city with free Wi-Fi.
This is the kind of ingenuity that exists in systems led by changemakers across the country, such as our members at Chiefs of Change, who are invested in getting students on