Laptop distribution for online learning begins Thursday in Nassau County

Coronavirus: Nassau County school district handing out laptops

NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. — On Thursday and Friday, parents will be able to pick up laptops for their children in Nassau County before online learning begins next week.

Rachel Davis was picking up a laptop for her daughters’ on Thursday at Emma Love Hardee Elementary School.

Davis said the pickup process at her daughters’ school was easy.

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“I was not able to pre-register but I just filled out the paperwork really quick, gave them my ID and I got my laptop for her,” she said.

School leaders told Action News Jax they’re lending laptops to students who don’t have access to a computer at home.

Emma Love Hardee Elementary School was one of six schools doing laptop distributions on Thursday through a curbside pickup.

The school district is asking people to stay in their cars during the laptop distribution process.

Students also do not need to be present in order to pick up a laptop.

Staff members wearing gloves will deliver the laptops to each car to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The district is also working to give laptops to peoplewho don’t have transportation.

David said she’s looking forward to online learning next week.

"Hopefully maybe mommy can learn a little bit too while teaching her," she said.

The Nassau County School District said it is also working on a few options for students who don’t have internet access.

Parents and guardians are asked to turn to companies like Verizon, AT&T, and Spectrum for free or low-cost Wi-Fi.

The district will also be offering paper packets of classwork to students who can’t afford to get online.

Devices will be available on March 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for checkout at Southside Elementary, Emma Love Hardee, Yulee Primary, Yulee Elementary, Yulee Middle and Wildlight Elementary.

They will be available on March 27 between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Bryceville Elementary, Callahan Elementary, Callahan Intermediate, Callahan Middle, Hilliard Elementary and Hilliard Middle-Senior High.​