The shift to remote learning over a weekend in March meant Manchester had to make sure every student had a computer to use for schoolwork.
Six months later, it’s still a work in progress, said Stephen Cross, the school district’s chief information officer.
At the beginning of 2020, Manchester was a “two-to-one” district — two students to one computer, he said. Cross had replaced thousands of outdated laptops before the pandemic and has purchased thousands more, but some students are still waiting.
“We have 3,100 Chromebooks on order, and we have no idea when we’re going to get those,” he said.
Some schools had a surplus of Chromebooks, so Cross engineered a way to loan some of those schools’ devices to other schools.
“That’s how we’ve been getting devices into the hands of families, moving things around,” Cross said. “We had to scrounge. It was ‘do whatever we can,’ to