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GAINESVILLE ‒ Alachua County Public Schools (ACPS) has extended the deadline for parents to notify the district if their students need a laptop and/or Internet connection at home.

Thanks to federal funding, the district has the opportunity to provide thousands of students with a laptop, Internet service or both at home beginning this fall. However, families need to let the district know what their students need by filling out the Home Technology Survey

More than 1,800 of the surveys have been returned so far. The original deadline of May 13 has now been extended to May 20 to give more families time to respond.

Hard copies of the survey were sent home with all students at the end of April, but parents can request another by contacting their child’s school. They can also respond to the survey online at https://www.sbac.edu/techsurvey. The online version can be completed on a cell phone, tablet or desktop. All responses will be confidential.

The district is hoping to order, receive and distribute devices to students in time for the beginning of the school year, although that will depend on the availability of devices and other supply-chain issues.

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