The Waynesville R-VI School District has installed wireless access to the internet on five of its trip school buses for a pilot program that will begin in January.
“Having wifi on our trip buses will allow students who are on activity trips and athletes to do homework while they are on the bus, which will be especially helpful on our longest trips,” said Karl Wilking, director of transportation.
Wifi installation on buses will require a password and coincides with the district’s transition to a 1:1 technology device to student ratio. In January, sixth grade students will begin the calendar year with Chromebooks. The district’s goal is to expand the 1:1 technology program to grades 3 through 12 by January of 2020.
“The same content filters that we use in our schools will also be deployed on our buses,” said Dr. Chris Berger, assistant superintendent of operational services. “We will closely monitor usage to determine if wifi is being used primarily for homework and if it should be potentially expanded to more buses.”
Proposition 1 passed by voters in April 2017 provides funds for technology and security and helped speed up the implementation of the 1-to-1 program.
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