Over three days last week, from Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 1-3, the Katonah-Lewisboro School District was on track to distribute approximately 3,500 personal devices as part of the district’s reopening plan. By putting these devices in students’ hands, district officials said they hope to deter sharing high-touch surfaces and ensure that all students have access to their teachers, no matter how learning is delivered, district officials said.

Devices include iPads for students in kindergarten through seventh grade, and laptops to students in grades eight through 12. 

Students were preassigned pickup times based on their last names to keep social distance. Elementary and middle school families did not need to leave their cars. Vehicles were directed to the proper point around the circle in front of John Jay Middle School, where parents checked in and signed for computers handed through car windows. Each high school grade had its own entrance at John Jay High School for in-person computer distribution.

In some cases, students who already had their own computers were happy to pick up the district laptops. Catherine and Madeline Galgano, sisters who attend John Jay High School, said they were excited to start working on the preinstalled Schoology app, the learning management system used by the school district. For senior Michael Goldstein, his laptop was one of 90 that were loaded with AutoCAD, computer-aided design and drafting software, for his upcoming architecture class.

District officials said the distribution, organized by the KLSD Technology Department, was made possible through the efforts of the 60-plus parents who volunteered to help.

Our team is bigger than usual this week,” said Director of Technology Chris Nelson. “Thank you to everyone, especially district parents, for making our distribution run so smoothly.”

Jeff Morris is a staff reporter at The Record-Review where he covers the Town of Bedford and the Katonah-Lewisboro School District. Prior to joining the paper he was a reporter and columnist for the Lewisboro Ledger and a business magazine editor.

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