ROCHESTER, NH (WGME) – With students forced to do classes online at home, some don't have access to the internet, but the Rochester School Department is working to fix that, by parking school buses, outfitted with wireless hot spots, outside areas where there is a need for internet access.
The assistant superintendent says WiFi was installed on school buses for students who needed online access while traveling to away games.
Now, it's helping students stuck in their homes who need to take classes online.
"The first day that we went out, we saw several kids,” Rochester School Department Assistant Superintendent Sandy MacDonald said. “They were looking at the buses like 'What is this doing here?' So we were able to talk to them and say 'You know this is a WiFi spot, you can't play on the bus, but tell your friends in the area if they need to get on."
The assistant superintendent also says the school district is lending Chromebooks to students who don't have a device.