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Clark County School District distributes Chromebooks amid national shortage

Posted at 5:47 AM, Aug 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-23 10:02:41-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Clark County School District continues to hand out Chromebook laptops and other technology required for distance education in advance of Monday's first day of school amid a national technology shortage reported Saturday by the Associated Press.

CCSD said Saturday that 24,351 students still needed Chromebooks which is far fewer students than the district reported in June.

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The AP investigation revealed several school districts across the country have outstanding orders for laptops and other technology like WiFi hotspots that allow students to participate in distance learning effectively.

The report said shortages began as major computer companies saw a big increase in demand and simultaneously faced shortages resulting from pandemic related factory shutdowns.

Most recently, the AP report said the Trump administration's sanctions on Chinese companies for alleged human rights abuses exacerbated the shortage.

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CCSD Superintendent Jesus Jara said the district continues to distribute Chromebooks in advance of the school year.

"We are going to continue to work our efforts," Jara said, "not only through Monday, but as they continue to come in. We have been averaging - this is a very important number - we have been averaging 10,000 devices a day."

The district said parents should contact their child's school if they need a Chromebook, and CCSD has established a partnership with COX Communications to provide internet services to students in need.