In an effort to provide WiFi access to students who don't have access at home, Savannah Chatham County Public School System school busses equipped with WiFi hotspots will begin operation Tuesday, September 1, 2020. The district has outfitted 10 transportation buses with technology that will provide mobile Internet access for our students. The busses will make two stops daily, one from 8:00 until 11:00 a.m. and the second from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m at locations throughout the county.
“We are excited to rollout our SmartBuses, 'WiFi on Wheels,' for our students that do not have or are having difficulty connecting to the Internet," said David Feliciano, Chief Data and Accountability Officer. “We have worked closely with Transportation, Campus Police, and the schools to provide the best locations for serving our students. This will provide additional options for students to connect and continue their online learning during school building closure."
A Smartbus supports a total of 60 student connections. Connectivity to the bus can be from 300ft - 400ft, line of sight. It uses 4G LTE speeds for cell tower connection and provides WiFi connectivity to student personal or school issued devices. It is CIPA-compliant and provides education-only content filtering. Locations and schedules can be found here.