About the School District
Coachella Valley Unified School District (CVUSD), based in Thermal, CA, has a student population of 19,500 spread out over 22 schools. The district’s schools are spread out over an area the size of the State of Rhode Island. As one of the poorest school districts in the United States, with 90% qualifying for free or reduced cost lunches and with a population that is 97% Hispanic, the passing of a $42 Million technology bond in 2013 was a signal that the district and community were making a true investment in the future of their students.
Device Deployment Vision & Goals
Superintendent Dr. Darryl Adams’ vision of leveling the playing field for all of his students with technology led to the initiative to be the first school in the United Sates to provide Apple iPads® to all students and teachers pre-K through 12th Grade. Preparing their students for college, career and citizenship was a core tenant of this initiative and there was no roadmap for how to accomplish this. It had never been done before.
Michelle Murphy, Executive Director of Technology Services, led the technology team of the CVUSD iCenter, in coming up with a plan on how to provide 18,000 iPads® in their first year of deployment, knowing that the impossible is possible with hard work and collaboration.
The first step was securing funding, through a $42 Million technology bond to upgrade digital infrastructure increasing Wi-Fi access points and bandwidth, as well as to purchase the devices. To prove to votes that this bond was worth passing, the district established an iPad deployment pilot.
Deployment Plan Overview
Once CVUSD solidified their decision to go with iPads, this led the team to finding the best partners in the industry to assure the pilot and deployment went smoothly. The project plan included sourcing everything from iPad cases to security software to syncing technology to finding a way to secure and charge their devices. Everything was standardized to make the deployment go smoothly.
The criteria for selecting vendors was stringent. They needed to be hyper-responsive to the district’s needs as they flowed through the stages of deployment, provide expertise in deployments and assure the lofty investment the district was making in devices was protected and fully utilized once deployed.
LocknCharge met with CVUSD in the summer prior to the pilot deployment to showcase the EVO 40 Cart™, a solution in the United States that secures and charges 40 iPads and features Baskets to easily deploy devices in a classroom. The CVUSD team quickly realized that the quality of the Cart, the speed to wire and set-up the Cart and the Basket ecosystem were unlike anything they’d seen to date. It is extremely secure and, with the two side-opening doors, offers multiple access points to the devices within a classroom.
Read the full story on the iPad and LocknCharge iPad Cart deployment.