Athens City Schools Adjusts Remote Instruction Tech Delivery Plan

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Athens City School District announced it has adjusted the delivery plan for students to receive the necessary technology for remote learning while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Superintendent Tom Gibbs, they are asking families to come to one of three locations for a drive-through Chromebook pickup between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27.

Those who live in the Morrison-Gordon area are asked to come to Athens Middle School to pick up your Chromebook.  Drivers are instructed to pull up the driveway from Lancaster street and through the main parking lot, then exit onto High Street.

Those in the East-West area will pick up their Chromebook at the back of the building by pulling in the back driveway in a loop around the parking area to the back doors, then exit through the back driveway.

Distribution of Chromebooks for The Plains area will occur at The Plains Elementary School in the main drive at the front of the building.

Personnel will be on hand at each site to help direct traffic.

Gibbs asked that those picking up Chromebooks remain in your vehicle in order to practice physical distancing and have as little direct contact as possible.

Any families unable to pick up Chromebooks at the pickup sites will be contacted on Monday, March 29 to arrange alternative delivery.

Students in Grades Pre-K, kindergarten, and 1st grade will also be receiving directions through their parent’s email addresses to recieve their login and password for Gmail and Google Classroom.  If we do not have an email address available, a hard copy of this information will be mailed or delivered to your home.

Athens City Schools said they had an overwhelming response for requests for Chromebooks, with nearly 1200 individual students asking for devices. This made delivering them all door-to-door a challenge and required the change in distribution, according to an email Gibbs sent out to parents.

Athens City Schools faculty has been learning this week to use various functions in Google, Canvas, and Zoom.

Online coursework will begin after internet devices have been delivered to families without internet next week.

The district has been through three days of school meal deliveries and said it continues to iron out the logistics.  If you have requested meal delivery and have not yet had meals delivered to you, email your school principal or call the school office and leave a message.

Voice messages left at the schools are being forwarded to building secretaries and administrators while district staff are mostly working remotely.