Distance learning has become the norm for schools worldwide as education leaders try to keep students and staff safe and educational goals on track in the midst of the pandemic.
It’s estimated that 70 percent of students are currently engaged in some form of online education. And it’s not clear how long this state of affairs will continue, as there is no national consensus. For many districts nationwide, it’s still uncertain whether they will return to in-person school in the fall or perhaps use a hybrid model in which some schooling is done online.
Supporting faculty, students and staff with the secure access and appropriate web filtering to study and work remotely is essential to ensuring educational continuity and security. But when this transition to remote learning was mandated, many institutions were caught without the distance learning infrastructure they needed and the means to secure it.