- Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2020

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) - A school district in eastern Mississippi is setting up Wi-Fi hotspots on campuses to help students who don’t have internet access at home.

The hotspots in Lauderdale County will be in school parking lots, and each student will need a password, the Meridian Star reported. Lauderdale schools are giving students the option of in-person or online classes this academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A survey showed that 25% of students in the Lauderdale district lack adequate broadband coverage or other forms of internet access, said the district’s technology director, Trent Airhart.

“The internet access is something that we have always struggled with within this area,” said Southeast High School principal Russell Keene.

School districts in other rural parts of Mississippi are facing similar challenges with remote learning during the pandemic, and some others have set up Wi-Fi hotspots in school parking lots.



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