Kling Elementary School in Buena Vista gets Chromebooks

BUENA VISTA, Va. (WDBJ) — They’re stacked on tables, loaded onto carts, and even lined up in the back hallway outside the manager’s office.

Chromebooks, over 200 of them, one for each Kling Elementary student.

“We have enough for kindergarten through second grade,” principal Lisa Clark said.

It’s all thanks to a federal grant that the Buena Vista Schools IT department got, which means parents can bring them home for their kids to work on.

“Parents started coming in this morning, picking them up,” Clark said. “I think we gave out about 10 this morning.”

After a year where schools often had to teach virtually, the presence of Chromebooks in every home has proven its worth.

“Students lose time when they have to come back to school to check on a Chromebook,” Clark said. “That way they’re going to be home. They will already have it. Teachers have already set up their Google Classrooms and they practice throughout the school day in a non-virtual environment, only in their classrooms. »

So as these little bundles of technology come out, even kindergartners will be able to continue with lessons when last year teachers often had to hand out written projects in bundles.

“Packet learning is okay,” according to Clark, “and you can send worksheets and package learning home, but the kids have to have that interaction with the teacher and they have to have an instructor to really have an impact.”

An idea that parents say they approve of.

“The comments we’ve received so far from parents are: Oh, that’s great. It’s awesome,” Clark said.

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