This contract will allow the District to purchase approximately 50,000 new Chromebooks for use by schools and distribution to students, to immediately address uneven access to computing devices where students reside, among our student population. This purchase will support remote learning activities, sharing of online instructional resources and applications, and communications with and among teachers, students, and classmates. This contract supports the District's striving to provide equitable and reliable computer and internet access for all students for use outside of the physical school environment, regardless of school, grade level, academic program, learning needs, and/or financial ability.
Given the School District’s large and existing investment in Chromebooks, along with the support infrastructure that has been built for our schools using tools such as Google Classroom, Chromebooks have been judged as the best platform for our students’ home use. The awarded reseller was selected with the assistance of Comcast Corporation, as being fully capable of delivering the very large quantity of HP Chromebook Education Edition devices, with 40,000 prepared for shipment to the District immediately, and another 10,000 shortly thereafter, which serves the exigent circumstances.
The School District, in collaboration with the City of Philadelphia, is developing a plan for distribution of devices to students, alongside strategic planning for teacher professional development, remote instruction and enrichment activities, and online content delivery. Also, in collaboration with the City’s Office of Innovation & Technology, the District is working with Internet service providers and will make available a list of offerings from which families can obtain low-cost Interest access.