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Bridgeport taking steps to ensure iPad program success

Updated: Wednesday, September 3 2014, 12:44 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio – The Bridgeport Exempted Village School District is taking extra steps to ensure an iPad program is a success for its high school students this year.
School district officials said starting this week, they're offering three separate days -- Monday, Tuesday and Thursday -- where students who do not have access to the internet at home can stay after school with teachers from 2:45-4:30 p.m. to do their homework.
Then, students will be bused home in what Superintendent Ted Downing said is crucial to the success of after-school help.
"We felt that busing them home was an important part because some kids might not have stayed because they wouldn’t have transportation home,” Downing said. “So we are not only providing supervision after school, we are also providing them a way home …”
Students also have the option to go in Saturday mornings from 7:45-11 a.m., but busing will not be provided on those days. Downing says even if just two or three students show up after school for help, it's worth it.
So far this school year, the same can be said for this introductory program.
"The kids seem to like it – the ones I’ve talked to so far,” Downing said. “But, again, it’s still early, and there will still probably be some hurdles. But the internet, we knew would be a hurdle for some students at home so we are providing that now."
Downing said the district will extend the program an extra hour -- from 2:45-5:30 p.m. -- on the same days beginning Oct. 8.

Bridgeport taking steps to ensure iPad program success


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