Philadelphia School District still giving out Chromebooks to students as online classes begin Monday

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) The distribution of loaner Chromebooks is winding down at Philadelphia schools, as teachers prepare for remote learning starting Monday. 

With school buildings closed for the rest of the year, the district is in the final phase of handing out 40,000 newly-purchased Chromebooks ahead of online classes that launch Monday. 

If parents don't get their childrens' devices at their individual schools this week, Superintendent William Hite said the district is setting up two central pickup locations. 

On a conference call with reporters, Hite couldn't say what percentage of students had their Chromebooks so far. And for those without internet access, Hite said the district was still acquiring hot spots to be loaned to what he estimated would be thousands of families.

"Hopefully we will have enough to meet the need. I doubt it, that's why we have to prioritize them for our families that are most in need,” Hite said. 

Hite also said 14 district employees had self-reported that they had tested positive for the coronavirus. 

He said none of those workers helped to distribute Chromebooks or meals to students.