Before the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly one in five students between kindergarten and 12th grade did not have computers or good internet access in the US. Starting in March 2020, the majority of States mandated school closures to limit the spread of the virus and overnight millions of students, teachers and parents turned to e-learning. But access remains a barrier for some of the most marginalized learners. Moreover, many families with a stable internet connection at home may not have adequate hardware to provide students the best at-home learning set up.
To minimize the impact of COVID-19 on students who are learning from home, REACT connected HP with Comp-U-Dopt to distribute 7,600 new monitors to children of low-income families in Chicago, Dallas, and Houston. According to Alex Cho, President of Personal Systems at HP, “HP is committed to enabling better learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025. With so many students in the U.S. impacted by the COVID-19 school closures, an important and urgent part of our mission is to help keep them connected to instruction. Thanks to the partnership with Global Business Coalition for Education, we’re able to help them adapt to the new normal of remote learning and bridge a widening digital divide.”
The equipment will be distributed to families in Houston, Dallas, and Chicago in May 2020, supporting thousands of families with their remote learning needs. The majority of recipient households earn $35,000 or less per year and are the most impacted by the digital divide. Per Megan Steckly, CEO of Comp-U-Dopt, “This equipment will unlock access to distance education for these children and help them continue learning with their peers with equal access to digital tools.”