Sep 15, 2020 3:37 PM

USD 308 Board approves technology access plan

Posted Sep 15, 2020 3:37 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — With more students learning online due to the pandemic, school districts have been challenged to find ways to make sure that technology is available for those studying at home. 

On Monday the Hutchinson USD 308 School Board gave staff the green light to pursue a tentative plan that would help low-income district families who do not have home internet get high-speed access.

The plan will use federal and state pandemic grants as well as grants from local groups and foundations.

The Board also approved contracting with Apptegy to provide communication services to district staff and families. When implemented, Apptegy will replace the current SchoolMessenger service for calling and emailing parents.

Additionally, it will provide an updated district website, provide an app to parents and staff and provide automated calls, texts and push notifications via the app.