Whether fellow Knights or fellow neighbors, the North Penn family has always been known for its ability to rally around each other and provide safety, support and strength for our community. These past few months have shown that despite the fear of uncharted territory, one thing is for certain:
We are in this together. We are #NorthPennStrong.
Now more than ever, it is vital that we support our neighbors and friends during these challenging times. So we are calling upon our #NorthPennStrong community to help us continue to put our students first and provide equal access to a North Penn education for each and every one of them.
Click to learn more about the costs and impact of providing internet access at home to students in need.
BACKGROUND... In 2016, NPSD launched its Digital Age Learning initiative which provided personal Chromebooks for every secondary student grades 6-12 in the district. By expanding curriculum digitally and providing students with devices, the district knew this also meant that students would need access to the internet at home to continue this work.
Since this initiative's inception, the NPSD Educational Foundation has provided funding for internet access at home for students in need.
TODAY... Since NPSD's closure due to COVID-19 on March 12, the district has deployed nearly 5,000 additional devices to meet new educational standards through distance learning. As the number of students with devices at home has nearly doubled, so has the need for internet access. The district has been working diligently to identify and connect with families in need of this service during the COVID-19 school closure. So far, more than 100 students have been identified.