EPB, in partnership with The Enterprise Center and Hamilton County Schools, was quick to respond to the emergent need, upon the closure of schools on March 13th.
HOT SPOTS & PUBLIC WIFI
EPB set up 27 quick connect public Wi-Fi hot spots and, with funding from Benwood and the City of Chattanooga, is in the process of installing 100 more in low-income areas.
EPB has made its low-cost option, NetBridge, free for three months for all current subscribers. Additionally, Hamilton County Schools has set up a tech support hotline and is working closely with families to connect them with low-cost (and free) home connectivity options.
Students having access to a device is critical to being truly connected to their learning and school community. To that end, Hamilton County Schools has made significant investments and progress, with the help of community partners. All middle and high school students were able to take home a device with them as soon as schools were closed. In addition, Chattanooga 2.0 helped to raise $100,000 from local businesses to purchase additional devices for elementary students.
CONTINUED LEARNING & STUDENT CONNECTION
Hamilton County Schools has made contact with 99% of students and continues to provide learning supports through teachers, a weekly television program, and ongoing outreach. In addition, Chattanooga launched the Stay Home. Stay Safe. STAY SMART. campaign to support Hamilton County Schools in their efforts to promote continued learning while schools are closed.