WiFi For Students

WiFi For Students

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Aiden Burke started this petition to Teays Valley High School

Hello, I am Aiden Burke. A Junior of Teays Valley High School.

I have come to address an issue about the public WiFi being shut down. 

Recently due to the newly introduced Chrome Books given to students, the school has come to a conclusion to shut down the WiFi to students, teachers, and visitors. I think this has caused a huge issue. Here are some examples 

Last year. During AIR Testing for Sophomore students, there was a bomb threat on the first day of U.S History. Students were kept in their classrooms for a nagging 8 hours. In that time, parents were worrying and panicking for their kids. The only kind of communication that was available was with their cellphone and the Public WiFi that was given to them. 

Also, due to the rise of school shootings and other threats, communication and cellular devices are almost essential for students as it is their only way of communication to their parents. The idea to shut down the public WiFi could currently cause more harm than good for Teays Valley Students. As of now, there are very minimal ways to contact the outside world in a serious event where the school would need to enter lockdown mode. Dead Chromebook? Can't contact your parents. Blocked website, such as a messaging app to contact your parents? Still can't contact your parents. The new Chromebooks are currently restricted as well, leaving students struggling to find a way of communication to the outside world. 

I feel the need for communication within Teays Valley is extremely crucial to Students, Parents and possibly Teachers as they do not have WiFi for their cellphones either. Yes, there are very minor places in the school where you can receive a very small signal, but in high-intensity situations like a school lockdown, the chances of being somewhere in the school where you may receive a signal are slim to none. Having the WiFi available to students brings a sense of comfort to the parents and themselves. With that, if something extreme were to happen, the students would be able to text their parents and confront them on what is currently happening.  

Recently athletes have not been able to call their parents for a ride home from a sporting practice. For example, say your practice is over and you need to message your parents a text message, but unfortunately, you are unable to due to the school wifi being shut off, leaving the student waiting, needing to find someone with a device that might have a small signal just to text their parents. 

As as I come to a close with this petition. I thank you for taking the time to read this, if you have any more suggestions to add to this petition, please feel free to message me over Instagram or Snapchat if you have either. Thank you once more for reading and I hope that this will cause a movement and change within Teays Valley. 

Thank you,

- Aiden Burke.

 

 

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