• Principal Berkowitz

Update: Student Device Distribution

Hello Families,

We want to inform you of the process we’ve taken to identify students’ technology needs for virtual learning and our distribution plan. Please keep in mind that there is a scarcity of resources and we are making decisions in order to provide access to the greatest number of students. We have collaborated with other operations teams and the central office to come up with a distribution plan given the devices we currently have.

Our first step was ensuring that all families were aware of the DCPS Technology Survey. The link was posted to our website and our front office team individually called each student’s parent or guardian to support with survey completion. Emails and voice messages were left for families that we were unable to contact.

We also took an inventory of the devices that we have in our buildings to determine what could be immediately distributed. Based on the survey results, we found that fortunately, we have enough ELI devices to meet the technology need at Peabody, but not enough hotspots. Conversely, unfortunately, we don’t have enough devices or hotspots to meet the needs of our Watkins students given our own supply.

As of Wednesday, Aug 19, we were informed by Central Office that the tentative delivery date for K-5 devices is 8/31 - 9/2; PK deliveries are scheduled for mid-September. This is obviously not the news we want to hear, but we have come up with a distribution plan to prioritize families given what we have. The following factors have been taken into consideration when coming up with a distribution plan:

1. Students who don’t have access to a device: Absolute priority will be given to those who don’t have access to a device and don’t need support with internet access, as we don’t have hotspots to support the need at this time. The new computers will be LTE-enabled and won’t require a hotspot.

2. Families with two or more kids in a household: will be given one device until we receive our additional supply. This includes families who have a Kindergarten student at Peabody and another student at Watkins.

3. PK3 & 4 students: will be receiving learning packets until the I-Pads are delivered.

Based on these factors, the front office team will be contacting families to schedule pick-up of the devices that we have. Our teachers and staff will continue to be as flexible as possible as we work with you to navigate these unexpected challenges.

Do you have any spare laptops/tablets that meet the minimum or recommended hardware specs outlined in the DCPS Digital Resources for Students SY20-21? The Capitol Hill Cluster School Race, Class, & Equity Group (RCE) and PTA are holding a device drive for students who may need one for virtual learning. To donate, please fill out this form or email

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