Sunday, Rockwood Technology personnel distributed 6,500 Chromebooks to the parents of district elementary school students. The Chromebooks were distributed at all four Rockwood high schools in preparation for the online Alternative Learning Plan (ALP), made necessary by the closure of schools due to COVID-19.
Deb Ketring is Rockwood Chief Information Officer.
“We’re asking parents to charge their Chromebooks when they get home and have their children log in before Wednesday,” said Ketring. “Also, they can check out the frequently asked questions
on the district’s website for more information including tips for how to connect their Chromebook to their home network, as well as contact information for the district Technology Help Desk
Rockwood middle and high school students already have their Chromebooks with them, along with power adapters.
"The true heroes of this entire process have been our building technical support specialists," said Rockwood Director of Technical Support Services Bob Deneau. "They did a tremendous job collecting Chromebooks and chargers. They were instrumental in handing out the Chromebooks, too. During the distribution, we made sure our building techs had protective gear to ensure safety for everyone. We also practiced social distancing for increased safety."
Monday, March 23, Rockwood Learning and Support Services personnel will work to finalize virtual training for teachers, which will take place Tuesday and Wednesday.
“Teachers will be given expectations about how they’re supposed to work remotely with their students and how to maintain community with their kids and their classes,” said Ketring.
Next Thursday and Friday, teachers are commissioned with getting connected with their students and classes, before students begin online study.