The Atlantis Charter School in Fall River has purchased 1,400 new Chromebook laptops and tablets for the students in kindergarten through grade 12.
This investment will enable the school to achieve a 1:1 ratio between students and technology in preparation for more possible distance learning next school year.
“Atlantis was committed to providing one device for every student as part of our efforts to develop a more robust digital learning program, but the pandemic sped up the timetable,” said Robert Beatty, executive director of Atlantis Charter School.
“A lot of things could change over the coming weeks and months, but by preparing now we will be in a better position to respond to new challenges,” he continued.
“Our goal is to be able to provide learning from anywhere,” said Michael Lauro, associate executive director of Atlantis Charter School. “Having upgraded technology to help meet the needs of students is critical to any well-functioning remote learning plan.”
“This purchase ensures we can put a laptop in the hands of every one of our students this fall, allowing for a seamless transition between in-person learning and remote learning,” he said.
With the closures of all public schools earlier this year Atlantis was able to repurpose funds that would have gone to regular operations to purchase the technology.
“It’s not just about having a device, it’s about having the right device,” Beatty said. “We know the tablets, for instance, are more developmentally appropriate for younger students so they can demonstrate their learning using a touch screen rather than typing.”
Atlantis is currently developing plans for in-person instruction, the continuation of remote learning, and a hybrid of both as required by state guidelines issued in late June.
Administrators will be in close contact with families over the summer to gauge their needs for the 2020-21 academic year and come up with a plan that best meets the needs of the Atlantis community.