Hartford teachers voice lack of equipment needed for distance learning in Board of Ed. meeting

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Some Hartford teachers went before the Board of Education Tuesday night to discuss the lack of equipment needed for distance learning.

Some remote teachers say many students learning from home are only working with paper and pencil. On top of that, schools are still dealing with the aftermath of a ransomware attack that happened in the first week of class.

“Off screen-time breaks are not built into the main schedule, so we are scheduled to teach,” one teacher testified. “I think it’s four and a quarter hours, but that’s literally straight teaching without the break that should be built in to give the kids a bit of a rest.”

“We had to turn in our laptops without enough notice to transfer the documents. Because the computers were going to be wiped clean.”

“We had to return those laptops and go pick up our old ones. So now the rush to try and transfer the files again in record time.”

There are about 18,000 students in this district. They have the option to do a hybrid of in-person school or remote learning. Teachers say some kids are still working without a device.

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