The Internet hot spots made available to students in Hardy County Virtual School were the result of a collaboration between the school system and Hardy Telecommunications.
Hardy County Schools identified areas where Internet service was needed, based on a student-parent survey. HardyTel determined the best place to install a hot spot, based on the location of existing fiber-optic connections.
“The schools contacted the property owners for permission, and then we explained what was needed on our end,” said Hardy Tele Vice President Derek Barr. “We then worked to get all of these installed to meet the schools’ deadline.”
The hot spots are not open sites. They are restricted to virtual school only, Barr said.
“We’ve donated our time and personnel to the effort because we understand how the pandemic has made broadband access an absolute necessity today, especially for students,” he said. “We know students and families are dealing with enough turmoil this year, so we were happy to help the school system in this effort. I’m thankful for the employees at HardyTel for completing this work so quickly.”
“We are beyond appreciative for the amazing service provided by Hardy Telecommunications to support our virtual, and potentially remote learning initiatives,” said Hardy County Schools Superintendent Sheena VanMeter. “Their partnership has proven to be beneficial to the education of Hardy County.
“We also appreciate the community organizations that so quickly offered up their spaces to help our students have access to WiFi.”