Laptops also end up at the pawn shop, and there isn’t anything the schools can do.
Several years ago I was considering buying a used laptop. Researching I learned that pawn shops in the X, Y and Z areas had super cheap laptops. A large quantity of the same model from schoolkids. These were areas where 99% of the parents could have paid for the laptops.
I taught in an extremely poor High School school, and I was assigned to teach an elective that was way outside my knowledge and I didn’t even have a textbook. I had to fight to get some. I was told that I was responsible if any books were lost. So, when I needed to use them, I handed them out in class.
Completely online has always been available. I know in our state it is free and a public school. It isn’t done by the local public school but by K-12, which is national. We homeschool but if DD was in public school I’d had switched her to K-12 for a year, since they already know what they are doing with online schooling. Unlike the local schools that were really just spinning their wheels.
I loved online schooling the few times I was able to do it. I am old enough that my first experience was watching lectures on VHS in the college media room. It was a 5 hour Calculus class and I’d spend all Saturday watching a lecture, during the homework until I’d had all 5 classes finished.