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Guilford County Schools will open internet hubs to students this Saturday and the next

The district will open school buildings for students to have limited internet access Saturday, September 12 and 19.

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Guilford County Schools wants to help students get engaged with 63 internet hubs. The district will open school buildings for students to have limited internet access Saturday, September 12 and 19.

The school district said late Thursday it will plan to add ten more in addition to the 63 hubs that are already opening. The district will announce the locations on Friday. 

The internet hubs are in addition to the 13 Learning Centers already available to students during the week. With so many families struggling without internet, Superintendent Dr. Sharon Contreras said she hopes this helps to eliminate that barrier.

“We understand that not all of our families have access to broadband connectivity, and not all parents are able to drive their children to the learning centers during the week due to work conflicts," Contreras said. “We hope these hubs will help eliminate some of those barriers during the remote learning period.”

The internet hubs will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis, with up to 30 visitors allowed inside at a time. That includes students and parents. Students will need to bring their own devices.

Each school will be staffed by GCS employees who will assist families but will not be teaching any classes. The hubs are designed specifically to provide high-speed internet access to students so they may complete their work.

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Parents must accompany any K-5 student visiting the internet hubs, middle and high school students do not need to be accompanied by a parent but will be required to show a student ID or schedule.

GCS hopes these hubs will prevent any learning loss for students without reliable broadband access during this time of remote learning. After the first two weeks, the district will assess participation rates to determine if the internet hubs will continue.

The following schools will host the Saturday Internet Hubs:

Elementary:

  • Alamance/Erwin Elementary
  • Alderman Elementary
  • Bessemer Elementary
  • Bluford Elementary
  • Claxton Elementary
  • Colfax Elementary
  • Cone Elementary
  • Fairview Elementary
  • Falkener Elementary
  • Florence Elementary
  • Foust Elementary
  • General Greene Elementary
  • Gibsonville Elementary
  • Gillespie Park Elementary
  • Guilford Elementary
  • Jamestown Elementary
  • Jefferson Elementary
  • Johnson Street Global Studies
  • Jones Elementary
  • McNair Elementary
  • Millis Road Elementary
  • Monticello Brown-Summit Elementary
  • Montlieu Elementary
  • Morehead Elementary
  • Lindley Elementary
  • Oak Hill Elementary
  • Oak Ridge Elementary
  • Oak View Elementary
  • Pearce Elementary
  • Pilot Elementary
  • Simkins Elementary
  • Shadybrook Elementary
  • Southwest Elementary
  • Stokesdale Elementary

Middle

  • Academy at Lincoln
  • Allen Middle
  • Allen Jay Middle
  • Eastern Middle
  • Hairston Middle
  • Jamestown Middle
  • Kernodle Middle
  • Kiser Middle
  • Northeast Middle
  • Southeast Middle
  • Southern Middle
  • Swann Middle

 

High

  • Academy at Smith
  • Andrews High
  • Dudley High
  • Eastern High
  • High Point Central High
  • Kearns Academy
  • Northern High
  • Northwest High
  • Page High
  • Smith High
  • Southeast High
  • Southern High
  • Southwest High
  • Western High

 

Specialty

  • CJ Greene
  • Gateway
  • Haynes-Inman
  • SCALE Greensboro