Madison City Schools distributing Chromebooks, hot spots to students

Madison city distributing chromebooks starting today

MADISON, Ala. (WAFF) - Attention parents of students in Madison City Schools! Starting today, you’ll be able to pick up a Chromebook and hot spot for your child at the MCS Stadium at 211 Celtic Dr.

The pickup is now through August 12, but families must sign up for time slots to ensure social distancing guidelines can be followed. Slots are available from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Click here to sign up for a time slot.

You are also asked to follow social distancing practices and wear masks when you go to pick up your devices.

In regards to setting up your child’s Chromebook, MCS officials say there is little to worry about.

“The cool thing is.... Chromebooks are about one of the simplest computers that you can buy,” says Daniel Whitt, the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Madison City Schools.

“My son’s nine... and he’s been using Chromebooks for several years now as he’s been in the district,” says Tommy Paone, the Coordinator of Technology Infrastructure for Madison City Schools. “They’re very easy for the students to use.”

If you do have questions about the technology, you can email elearninghelp@madisoncity.k12.al.us to contact a number of faculty members eager and ready to assist.

While this start of the school year will certainly look different, MCS officials are confident it will still be a success.

“At no point will any teacher in Madison City Schools just put a kid in front of a screen and say, ‘Complete these tasks, and I’ll grade it on Friday,‘” says Whitt. “There will always be things... embedded into their workweek, into their school week, that really create that empathetic, relationship-building opportunity between kids and teachers, and kids and other kids. So, that’s something that we’re really focused on.”

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