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Attorney: Up to 10,000 Yonkers Public School students still without devices for virtual learning

A number of Yonkers Public School students still do not have access to their virtual classes.

News 12 Staff

Oct 28, 2020, 2:10 AM

Updated 1,329 days ago

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Virtual learning continues to present more challenges to students through the Hudson Valley.
A number of Yonkers Public School students still do not have access to their virtual classes.
The disagreement lies in just how many of them are dealing with this problem.
Michael Sussman is the attorney representing parents of students in the Yonkers Public School system, writing a letter on their behalf to the mayor and superintendent.
He says between 4,500 and 10,000 students currently cannot participate in their virtual classes because they don't have the technology to do so. In total, the district has nearly 28,000 students.
Representatives from the district are pushing back on the numbers. They estimate only about 1,100 students still need laptops.
The district said In a statement, "In July, we ordered 4,000 additional devices that are backordered, and to date received 250 that have been distributed to students."
The district also says it's been in regular contact with families throughout this transition to virtual learning and they have met with this group of parents on several occasions.


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