Laptops still being handed out to Pittsburgh students on first day of online classes

Pittsburgh schools continue device distribution despite classes starting

PITTSBURGH — Tuesday is the first day of online classes for Pittsburgh Public Schools, but many students still don’t have laptops or iPads to complete their coursework.

Pittsburgh Public Schools is holding laptop distributions Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Pittsburgh Carrick, Pittsburgh Oliver and Pittsburgh Westinghouse schools.

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“We have enough computers, we think, for the students who have a need for a computer. If a student has a computer they can use at home, we’re still asking for the families to use their own personal computer if they have one,” Ted Dwyer, PPS Chief Accountability Officer, said.

The start of classes was pushed back to Tuesday after 6,000 laptops didn’t arrive on time.

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On Friday, 2,800 devices were delivered. That was less than half of what was expected. Another 600 are supposed to be delivered this week.

A nationwide laptop shortage due to high demand, coupled with manufacturers dealing with tariffs in China, has contributed to the issue Pittsburgh Public Schools is facing.

Parents whose child still doesn’t have a laptop after Tuesday are asked to contact their child’s homeroom.

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Problems with laptops continue ahead of Pittsburgh Public Schools’ remote learning start