GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Guilford County middle school students will not get their school-issued tablets back until the start of next school year.
The district announced the decision Thursday night. There have been problems with the tablets for the past couple of months, including exposed wires and reports of overheating.
In a letter Guilford County Schools received from the company on Dec. 18, Amplify reiterated its commitment to replacing the entire fleet of tablets and related items with new devices from a different manufacturer. GCS will have final approval regarding the selected device and accessories.
Amplify also provided GCS with its timeline to restart the project:
- Jan. 15, 2014: Amplify will share specifications of the final device selection with GCS.
- March 2014: Pending conclusion of the procurement process, Amplify will announce the new device by the end of the month.
- Spring 2014: A small number of sample devices will arrive for the GCS technology team.
- June 2014: Devices will arrive for teacher training.
- July 2014: Initial batch of student devices (including accessories) will arrive, with the balance to arrive in time for redeployment at the start of the 2014-15 school year.
GCS says they will continue to share updates as new information is available.
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Guilford County Schools, WFMY News 2