Internet inequality exists in many ways. For some, it may be their remote location in a canyon or a rural part of the County. For others, it may be relying on a smartphone with a limited data plan. And for some, it is a choice of an internet connection or food for the family. Distance learning requires bandwidth for platforms like Google Meet, Schoology, and other services that connect students with teachers. Teachers, social workers, technology staff, finance staff, and teaching and learning staff are collaborating to meet the needs of families so that as many students as possible can participate in distance learning. <a href=”https://www.blaineschools.org/Domain/1219″ rel=”noopener noreferrer” target=”_blank”>https://www.blaineschools.org/Domain/1219</a>
Blaine County Education Foundation is assisting the BCSD #61 to provide connectivity for students that do not have internet service. BCEF is providing materials for teachers to help engage and inspire their students while we are distance learning. BCEF is providing support classes online for students through a homework study group and social skills groups to provide support for students in a time where they may feel isolated or are struggling to keep up with school projects. BCEF is in constant contact with teachers, social workers, principals and BCSD staff to determine where there are needs that we can assist with. We are grateful for the support of our donors and the BCSD staff who work so hard to support BCEF and the students we serve.