Bay District Schools report about 90 percent of students log in for distance learning Monday

Bay District Schools report about 90 percent of its non-charter school students were able to log in to BDS Launchpad Monday. (MGN)

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The numbers show distance learning is going well in Bay District Schools.

According to a district spokesperson, on the first day 18,254 unique student log ins were recorded to BDS Launchpad. The district says there are 19,988 non-charter school students in the district, so about 90 percent of the students were able to successfully sign in Monday. They say there were many parents who also requested and received paper-based lessons as well.

“I know that not all students who want to be able to connect online are able to do so right now,” Superintendent Bill Husfelt said. “We’ve given out all of the devices and hotspots that we have and we’re working with several grants to hopefully be able to provide more access to the internet to students in need.”

There were also 1,269 unique staff logins on Monday.

But the district spokesperson says the first day of distance learning didn't go off without a hitch.

"We heard BrainPOP and Edgenuity were a little slower than people would like,” Husfelt said, “but we’re confident that programmers across the country are working on those sites, and others, to help them handle the increased traffic.”

The district spokesperson said the sites used by BDS and students across the country experienced an increase in traffic, causing some delays.

Husfelt also encouraged parents who have not heard from their student's teacher to contact the school or call the district's helpline at 850-767-HELP.

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