Closing NV Schools ‘Digital Divide’ Means Better Internet Access

This is the fourth in a series of stories examining how school districts around the country are coping with the coronavirus pandemic. You can read the whole series here.

By Jackie Valley and Jazmin Orozco/The Nevada Independent

On weekdays in the spring, Angela McVicars began her mornings as a pseudo-information technology specialist. She would log onto the internet, rousing the connection from its slumber, and try to solve any problems before the clock struck 9 a.m.

That’s when her oldest daughter logged onto Zoom for a virtual class. A half hour later, her younger daughter did the same.

Even if McVicars had successfully launched the internet, a sense of foreboding clouded their remote learning. They knew it was a matter of when, not if, the internet connection would suddenly freeze and require a manual reboot — a process that could take a handful of minutes or close to an hour

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