The New Jersey Community Development Corp. distributed over 200 Chromebooks and grocery gift cards in Paterson to help students during the pandemic.
Parents lined up at schools in Dover, Haledon and Camden this week to pick up computer devices for their children, as New Jersey makes strides to close a digital divide that has strained families and schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.
About 35,000 students across the state still lack computer devices or internet connections at home, a big improvement from the 231,000 tallied in August, according to a New Jersey Department of Education survey earlier this month.
But while the number is narrowing, it doesn’t give a full picture of remote-learning challenges, say advocates and school leaders.
“We’re in a good place when it comes to devices,” said Norma Fernandez, deputy superintendent of Jersey City’s schools. “But the digital divide does go beyond access to WiFi and