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greg janza
Re: COVID-related internet throttling
on Apr 6, 2020 at 9:31:38 pm

[Bill Davis] "Imagine the bandwidth that will need to be deployed to live stream real-time lessons to all the students of a major system like the California Public Schools."

Since we all work in a high tech field, it's very easy to forget about the digital divide which may be a larger issue than bandwidth.

I have two high school aged kids in the San Francisco public school system. This system has been a very positive experience for our family from kindergarten to the present. We have no problem switching to online learning as a family but other families in our city don't have the same access that we do. The public schools have a mission to serve kids from all socioeconomic backgrounds. And so in order for the programming to transition to online, the school system has to first get all of the kids online.

San Francisco is the epicenter of the tech world but unfortunately, that doesn't translate to all children here having equal access to the internet. The SFUSD (San Francisco Unified School District) is attempting to level the playing field by giving out chromebooks to any families without home computers. That takes time and so the online learning curriculum start date has been delayed to accommodate the distribution of these laptops.

But even with these efforts by the SFUSD, there's the added issue of wifi access. So I think it's important to keep all of this in mind when discussing converting something as large and complex as the California public schools to online learning.

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