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Families struggle with virtual learning as Wisconsin looks at broadband expansion

State officials look at ways to close the gap before the fall semester
Jessie Lee-Jones and Garrett Jones's six-year-old daughter, Phoebe attends virtual classes in the hatch back of their van on the top of a hill near their house where the hot spot signal is strong enough to maintain internet connection
Jessie Lee-Jones and Garrett Jones's six-year-old daughter, Phoebe attends virtual classes in the hatch back of their van on the top of a hill near their house where the hot spot signal is strong enough to maintain internet connection(Jessie Lee-Jones)
Published: Aug. 3, 2020 at 7:18 PM CDT
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ELLENBORO, Wis. (WMTV) - Online learning has been difficult for families lacking an internet connection.

With many districts going back to school virtually in the fall, many fears and concerns linger about how these families will make it work.

“At first, she looked at it with great enthusiasm,” Jessie Lee-Jones said of her six-year-old daughter. “But then as she learned that she wasn’t connecting the same way her other classmates were, you could slowly watch her losing interest.”

As the fall semester approaches many families are struggling to keep up with the digital demand. See what they're experiencing and what state officials are doing to close the gap.

Posted by Elise Romas NBC15 on Friday, July 31, 2020

On Monday, August 3, NBC15 News investigates the issues families across our state are experiencing when it comes to connecting to the internet during the pandemic and what state officials are doing to try and close the gap as a new school year quickly approaches.

“The access gap getting larger is a bigger concern that I have other than the experience of my family,” Jessie’s husband Garrett Jones said.

Watch Elise Romas’s special report, “Access for All” only on NBC15 News at 10, Monday, Aug. 3.

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