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Chromebooks On The Way To Leon County Students


The District is distributing 32,000 of the devices, starting with Title One schools.

Every one of Leon County's public school students will soon have a brand new Chromebook to help their studies. The district began the distribution on Monday, Nov. 2.
School Superintendent Rocky Hanna said 32,000 of the devices will be handed out to all students.

"And on Monday we'll start with our Title One schools and work our way around the district and then come back and get non-Title One schools. But we're 100% committed to make that happen."

Hanna expected the technology to give the district more choices in the event of coronavirus spikes.

"We are tied at the hip to the Leon County Health Department and we monitor every classroom in every school every day. And if we see abnormalities we can close a classroom down or send kids home to quarantine and then bring them back. But having these mobile devices gives us that flexibility for kids to transition in and out from school to home."

the Chromebooks were first pilot-tested by students at Woodville K-8, Cobb Middle and DeSoto Trail Elementary schools.

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