A 15-year-old schoolgirl has been fo-rced to sit next to a gra-veyard to attend her online lessons as her isolated house has no broadband.
Carmelita Rael has to complete her classes online due to face-to-face teaching being stopped because of Covid-19, but often, the only place she can get signal is while sat outside a local cem-etery.
Her home internet is interm-ittent due to her rural location so she’s fo-rced to ho-tspot from her phone.
Speaking to US news site, KDVR, Carmelita said: “I’m lucky if I can get through the whole day without having any problems with my Zoom. It’s been hard.”
At the moment, the only education she can get is via online lessons because of the pan*emic, and her family lives on a ra-nch surrounded by hills, meaning she can’t get fiber-optic or normal broadband. The family can ba-rely even get a signal on their mobile phones.Her mum, Kimba Rael, is actually the principal of Carmelita’s school, and she did sign up for specialist satellite internet.
But when the weather is either too cloudy or windy, the signal drops out and she’s left with no access to her lessons, meaning her only option is to head back to the gra-veyard, which has clear access to nearby phone towers.Kimba told the news outlet: “Right now, we have the dish on the side of the house, but if the clouds become too heavy, then you have no access.”If the wind is blowing too strong, and its shaking, you don’t have any access.”
The Centennial School District Superintendent Toby Meister, who looks after the area’s education, said that it’s not just Carmelita who struggles.Despite many of the students being given devices to work from, thanks to grants from the local authority, many of the kids are still lacking connectivity, re-ndering their new laptops and tablets useless for their learning
In fact, he said that one in five of his students can’t access the education they are entitled to.Mr Melster said: “Things are not getting done, and it’s not necessarily their fa-ult.”I know it’s causing some fru-stration, and aggr-avation, an*iety, not only with the students but with our teachers. I can’t say enough about them.”
Various tech companies are attempting to fix the problem so that students who have had their education interrupted can get a fix to keep up with the rest of their classes.He’s hoping that four or five large cellphone towers across the district will improve internet access – the only problem is, they cost a whopping $1.5 million (£1.2m).
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