Charter school students begin school year without digital devices

WATCH: Some students at a charter school in Memphis still do not have the technology they need to learn virtually

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — How can students learn remotely without a laptop or device?

Some students at a charter school in Memphis still do not have the technology they need to learn virtually which could cause them to fall behind.

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“I feel like my school should have never started,” said Jasmine Finnie, Memphis Business Academy student.

School started about two weeks ago but 500 students, including Finnie, do not have the devices promised for virtual learning.

“There’s just a backlog for needing laptops in America and same for Memphis,” said Anthony Anderson, Memphis Business Academy CEO.

Anderson said their supplies were placed behind Shelby County Schools.

“We are trying our best. The minute the vendors get these in. We have ramped up I-T people to get them ready and passed out,” said  Anderson.

According to Anderson, another reason devices were not available on the first day of school was because they switched from hybrid learning to virtual across the board.

“This has been a challenging time, and I think it will continue to be challenging for families and our school system,” said Anderson.

As for Finnie, she just hoped she would not get too far behind her peers when her device comes in.

“Some of these kids, it’s hard for them to learn from a packet, and it’s hard for me to learn. Like I need a teacher to be face to face for me to learn,” said Finnie.

Some students who did not receive a device are using their personal laptops.

MBA said all students should have a device by next week.