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Computers, tablets in short supply in Wichita district

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Posted at 4:14 PM, Aug 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-22 17:14:20-04

WICHITA, Kan. — The Wichita school district has only received two-thirds of the computers and tablets it has ordered to equip students for distance learning because of worldwide supply chain problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Until the supply and demand problem clears up, the district is prioritizing its distribution of the 8,000 devices it has received out of an order of 24,000.

Children learning at home who don’t have computers or internet access are getting first call on the machines that are in hand, said Superintendent Alicia Thompson.

She said there will be enough equipment on hand for all students in need, The Wichita Eagle reported.