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‘It was really rough‘: School changes spotlight digital divide for needy families in Butler County

Middletown Journal-News |

For years, almost all students – regardless of their family’s income – have had access to laptops and other digital learning devices at their schools. A few local public school districts, including Talawanda, Lakota and Mason, also allowed most students to take their laptops home.

But the spring onset of the coronavirus forced schools to scramble. Some even resorted to inviting school families – if they even had digital devices – to drive or walk to schools to access free wi-fi available from parking lots.