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Parents wait hours in line for Pittsburgh Public Schools laptop distribution for second time this week

PITTSBURGH — For the second time in just four days, several parents told Channel 11 they had to wait up to three hours as Pittsburgh Public Schools held a laptop distribution Friday ahead of the start of remote classes.

PPS is providing each student with a laptop with the first day of classes on Aug. 31, but again parents reported lengthy wait times to get the needed materials. At least the first nine weeks will be all virtual for PPS students and faculty.

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On Monday, parents said they waited hours in the summer heat -- with lines wrapping around the block at Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood. There was not enough volunteers to hand out the laptops.

And that issue didn’t seem to correct itself on Friday. One parent told Channel 11 they had to take off work to wait in the long line, and they said the lines were not the only issue they’ve had to deal with as they get their children ready for the school year.

Parents were frustrated officials didn’t have answers for them.

There is one more distribution scheduled for Saturday. You can find more information for it HERE.

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