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IPS spends millions on e-learning; Many students are no shows

At many schools, 15 to 20 percent of computers and MiFi hot spots haven't been picked up by parents.

The costs of combating COVID-19 are adding up for school districts. 

Indianapolis Public Schools has already spent tens of millions of dollars keeping kids safe and learning remotely.

Most of the millions were spent on new computers. However, stacks of them are sitting unused because families never showed up to get them.

Credit: Indianapolis Public Schools
Stacks of e-learning equipment still waiting for pickup for Indianapolis Public School students.

Almost two weeks in to the new school year and teachers are tracking attendance in their virtual classes, how long students are online and the amount of work they are completing.

Despite some hiccups with the hardware, IPS Superintendent Aleesia Johnson said she is pretty pleased.

"I think we've gotten off to a solid start," Johnson said. "Certainly, there is room to grow and get better."

Attendance is a major concern. According to the superintendent, a significant number of students have yet to show up for their virtual classes. At many schools, 15 to 20 percent of computers and MiFi hot spots haven't been picked up by parents.