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D70 still waiting on thousands of laptops for students

PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) -- According to Pueblo County School District 70, they are still waiting on approximately 2,200 Chromebook laptops for students.

D70 started the school year under a remote learning plan. The district promised every student a laptop and the necessary equipment to learn from home.

According to Todd Seip, the D70 Communications Director, D70 ordered around 4,000 Chromebook laptops in April. They were ordered from a local supplier but still had to be shipped overseas from Asia.

Earlier this month the district received 1,600 laptops. The remaining 2,200 are still going through customs. The district hopes to have the missing laptops in students' hands by the week of September 14th.

Seip says the school board did not believe this would be an issue in July when they made the decision to begin the school year under a remote learning plan.

Fortunately, Seip believes the missing laptop's impact is minimal. D70 high schoolers all have Macbooks, and many families are able to share a laptop between family members.

Seip says this is not just a D70 problem. Schools and districts all across the country are dealing with a backlog of laptop orders. When the district first ordered the Chromebooks back in April, Seip says D70 was around 800th on a list of 1,200 orders.

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