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Leon County Schools working to get families in need connected to internet

Hanna: "We will get through this together"
Posted at 2:26 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 18:35:57-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Leon County Superintendent Rocky Hanna gave a community update from Glen Oaks apartment complex on Thursday, sharing the district's continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Monday, April 13, Phase 2 of teacher-developed lessons for distance learning will begin. According to Hanna, 94 percent of their 33,832 students have been able to connect and actively engage with their teachers.

During Thursday's update on Facebook live, the superintendent said the district is in the process of identifying families in 18 Section 8 housing complexes who are in need of internet connection.

From there, the district plans to use money from their own pockets to get these families internet access.

Hanna also said that the district, along with officials from the city and county, had a call with Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare where they discussed the models they've been utilizing to project the potential spread of the coronavirus in our area.

Hanna called the models "concerning."

"In the abundance of caution, by the end of next week, all correspondence is going to be sent through the U.S. Postal Service," Hanna said on Thursday.

The district will continue handing out packets until the end of next week. After that, Hanna says they will use "media mail" to send packets and collect completed ones.

Hanna explained that the students needed the packets would receive them via the U.S. Postal Service. From there, students would use a return envelope to get it back to their individual schools.

When it came to utilizing technology for remote learning, Hanna encouraged every parent to try their best.

"Parents, I do urge you to try. All we're asking you to do is to try," Hanna said.

The superintendent also encouraged seniors to stay engaged and push through to graduation.

"Do your best and we will ensure you graduate on time," Hanna said. He also said that he was holding out hope that the district will be able to have some sort of commencement ceremony for its seniors.

If you haven't heard from your teacher, you are encouraged to reach out and call for further instructions.

Watch the full press conference below: