PITTSBURGH — Officials with Pittsburgh Public Schools guessed they’d be out of computers to give to students by 12:30 Saturday afternoon. They ran out around 10:30 a.m.
District officials posted on social media Saturday that they were having “supply chain issues” and urged people to “not come get a device if you have one available.”
Despite the message, large numbers of people still turned out, in need of a device. School leaders voted to have the first nine weeks of schooling be entirely virtual.
People have been reporting issues with the laptop distribution since the start, including long lines and a lack of school representatives to speed up the process.
Parents and students have battled high heat, thunderstorms, and some people have even passed out while waiting in line.
School leaders said they do expect another shipment of devices sometime in the next week. The additional distribution dates will be announced next week.
Theodore Dwyer, chief accountability officer for PPS, told Channel 11 the next shipments of laptops won’t be in time for the first day of school.
“Next week will have the first 6,000 of the ones we ordered in, and we have the remainder of the 7,000 coming in the week after that,” he said. “We’ve got enough ordered, it’s getting them in and getting them into people’s hands.”
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