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Hard work by district staff pays off as thousands of students receive Chromebooks for distance learning

Chromebook distribution (03/27/20) Between March 16 and 18, groups of Anoka-Hennepin staff worked hard to prepare more than 13,000 Chromebook laptops for students who would need one to take home to support distance learning while schools are closed by state mandate.

The work included disassembling media carts to access power cords for each Chromebook, and then testing each laptop to make sure it was working and functional. See photos of the work from Anoka and Blaine high schools on March 17.

Then, between March 25 and 27, students in grades four through 12 had the chance to pick up a Chromebook at all five high schools across the district. Each site designated pickup routines to ensure social distancing using drive-through and walk-up options. See photos of Chromebook pickup at Andover High School on March 25

Beginning Monday, March 30, Anoka-Hennepin will be putting its distance learning plan into action, and the district remains committed to providing the best distance learning experience for students. 

In a distance learning setting, the teachers and curriculum remain the same, only the method of delivery changes. For kindergarten through grade three students, distance learning will come in the form of a blended paper/digital model. For students in grades four through 12, distance learning will be a digital model using technology platforms such as Google Classroom.

Visit for more information about the district’s COVID-19 response and distance learning plans. Learn more about COVID-19 and its status in Minnesota on the Minnesota Department of Health website, or by calling the MDH information line at 651-201-3920. Questions can also be submitted via email to