One of the biggest responses to COVID-19 is the application of virtual learning. in 2013, around 30% of public schools had access to high-speed classroom internet. Today that figure is around 98%.
Not surprisingly as any business will admit, the on-going maintenance is a staggering figure. For schools in the U.S. this will be around $5 billion every five years. So, maintaining a school's technology is costly, and for districts that scramble for dollars, this will become a problem.
Have you ever heard the expression "Surrounded by water and nothing to drink"? That's close to what it is like for students in an age of technology that can't use this for virtual learning.
Let's address the families that either have a quarantined student, are home-schooled, or just don't live in an area that has access. According to usafacts.org, at least 11 million student's don't have a computer for e-learning at all. Additional information reveals that for students in a lower income family situatio and assuming a $30K-$39K median income,close to 30% of the students have no computer access and 20% have no internet access.
I doubt Midland area schools have actually conducted surveys that confirm or reject these numbers.
The good news is that at the Progressive STEAM Initiative, we endeavor to bring the classroom to all students including students that cannot connect virtually. Now that's innovation.