As school districts across the country continue to develop back-to-school plans, officials of Stokes County Schools in North Carolina announced it would begin with two weeks of remote learning followed by an A-B alternating schedule as a way to limit the spread of COVID-19. According to the latest United States Census data, one-third of households in Stokes County, North Carolina report not having broadband subscriptions. To help those without guaranteed high-speed Internet access, the school district provided this list of places where students can use WiFi for free. One of the locations is Slate Funeral Home.Slate Funeral Home said students are invited to come indoors, plug in their computers in an open room and focus on their schoolwork. The business decided to offer its location and WiFi services to Stokes County students in the spring, but did not have a single participant.Now, with a set plan of remote learning for public school students, Slate hopes to have a different outcome for families who need help while also trying to dismantle the stereotypes of funeral homes.”Well, a funeral home is just like any place else,” said Slate Funeral Home location manager Jeff Walker. “We’re servants for the dead. We’re also servants for the living. We live in the community. So, we need to try and make the community better.”Walker said social distancing measures will be taken to space students out, limit capacity to approximately ten students at a time inside the building and recommend the use of and provide face masks and hand sanitizer. Mask wearing will not be mandatory. Walker said more WiFi hot spot capabilities will be installed this week in the funeral home.The funeral home said it will offer its unique location for as long as it is needed in the county. “Whatever you have, you need to offer it up, because that would be the Christian thing to do,” Walker said. “That’s also the American thing to do.”Slate Funeral Home is offering its services to students during its normal operating hours of Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but said it will make accommodations for specific students’ needs. Watch the video above to learn more about this story.

As school districts across the country continue to develop back-to-school plans, officials of Stokes County Schools in North Carolina announced it would begin with two weeks of remote learning followed by an A-B alternating schedule as a way to limit the spread of COVID-19.

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According to the latest United States Census data, one-third of households in Stokes County, North Carolina report not having broadband subscriptions.

To help those without guaranteed high-speed Internet access, the school district provided this list of places where students can use WiFi for free. One of the locations is Slate Funeral Home.

Slate Funeral Home said students are invited to come indoors, plug in their computers in an open room and focus on their schoolwork.

The business decided to offer its location and WiFi services to Stokes County students in the spring, but did not have a single participant.

Now, with a set plan of remote learning for public school students, Slate hopes to have a different outcome for families who need help while also trying to dismantle the stereotypes of funeral homes.

“Well, a funeral home is just like any place else,” said Slate Funeral Home location manager Jeff Walker. “We’re servants for the dead. We’re also servants for the living. We live in the community. So, we need to try and make the community better.”

Walker said social distancing measures will be taken to space students out, limit capacity to approximately ten students at a time inside the building and recommend the use of and provide face masks and hand sanitizer. Mask wearing will not be mandatory.

Walker said more WiFi hot spot capabilities will be installed this week in the funeral home.

The funeral home said it will offer its unique location for as long as it is needed in the county.

“Whatever you have, you need to offer it up, because that would be the Christian thing to do,” Walker said. “That’s also the American thing to do.”

Slate Funeral Home is offering its services to students during its normal operating hours of Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but said it will make accommodations for specific students’ needs.

Watch the video above to learn more about this story.

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