GDOE distributes laptops at Okkodo high school

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Okkodo High School has been distributing a total of 390 laptops, 30-35 per day, Monday through Thursday. (Photo by PNC Chief Photographer Alan Balbin)

The second round of the GDOE laptop distribution took place at Okkodo High School on Tuesday morning.

Cars could be seen lining up with students who were selected to pick up laptops so they can make the switch to online home learning.

One parent says she’s grateful that GDOE, with the help of US federal funding and the school staff, was able to help families during the stressful times and struggles the pandemic has brought.

She also acknowledges the ongoing efforts they have made for education remains top priority.

“The teachers work endless hours — early morning, late night, weekends, just tirelessly, just being devoted to making sure the students here are getting an education, going to get ahead, and graduate or get to the next step to what they want to reach. The administration as I said, they’re great. The principal, the vice-principal, the teams, and the staff are trying to make sure students receive their laptop. They’re even going to try and help out those with more than one child,” the parents who requested anonymity said.

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According to GDOE spokesperson Isa Baza, Okkodo High School has been distributing a total of 390 laptops, 30-35 per day, Monday through Thursday. They have also been calling parents directly and by appointment.

Baza adds that the majority of secondary schools are beginning to distribute this week and the number of laptops will vary by school based on the student population and the number of applications received.

As a reminder, interested families should contact schools over the phone or e-mail on how to apply or schedule an appointment if they’ve been selected.

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