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Indian River County gives out laptops to students for remote learning

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Posted at 1:15 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 19:39:39-04

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. — Indian River County is making sure students are prepared for remote learning now that all public and private K-12 schools in Florida will be closed through April 15 due to concerns over the coronavirus.

On Wednesday, school district officials started giving out laptops to students who don't have digital devices in their home. The laptops will allow them to access online lessons.

The district has 10,000 laptops available, and the devices will be given out again on Thursday at six schools across Indian River County.

Each student can only get one laptop.

"We have taken a proactive approach from the very beginning," Superintendent of Schools David Moore said at a news conference last Friday.

The school district surveyed families to determine what kind of technology and connectivity they have at home so students can take online classes.

"For families that do not have connectivity, we have 10,000 devices that we can distribute and send home so our students can continue to connect to the instruction," Moore said last week.

Here are the laptop distribution sites in Indian River County:

Citrus Elementary School
2771 4th Street
Vero Beach
Thursday
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Dodgertown Elementary School
4350 43rd Avenue
Vero Beach
Thursday
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Fellsmere Elementary School
50 N. Cypress Street
Fellsmere
Thursday
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Osceola Magnet Elementary School
1110 18th Avenue SW
Vero Beach
Thursday
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sebastian Elementary School
400 Sebastian Boulevard
Sebastian
Thursday
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Vero Beach Elementary School
1770 12th Street
Vero Beach
Thursday
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

To learn more about the laptop distribution for students in Indian River County, click here.