State Rep. John Rogers, D-Mentor-on-the-Lake, this week introduced the discharge of $636,379 in state funding by means of the federal Coronavirus Assist, Aid, and Financial Safety Act to assist native colleges.
The funds, earmarked for a number of districts all through Lake County, will help with the buying of applied sciences comparable to Wi-Fi hotspots and internet-enabled gadgets in efforts to assist distant studying for college students this fall semester.
In accordance with a information launch, $50 million was put aside statewide for eligible purchases of data applied sciences made between July 1 and Dec. 30.
“Our educators, faculty directors, employees, college students and households have completed a lot in these previous few weeks to adapt to precautionary measures put in place as the varsity yr begins to make attendance each protected and profitable,” Rogers mentioned. “These grants permit colleges to buy crucial applied sciences to assist make studying in on-line school rooms doable whether or not absolutely distant or with hybrid in-person training fashions.
“The state’s funding in these assets will assist to make sure that our colleges and communities are in a position to execute the Reset and Restart (Education) plans developed to start out the brand new faculty yr, in addition to put together any public well being eventualities which will demand fast and responsive transitions to distance studying due to the continuing international pandemic.”
Rogers added that the acquisition and upkeep of connectivity assets, along with different pc applied sciences, will proceed to be a high-priority for the upcoming faculty yr to make sure that districts utilizing distance studying choices as a part of their Reset and Restart Okay-12 training plan can present college students with the power to connect with their on-line school rooms.
Along with the grants, the Ohio Division of Schooling will make out there IT assist employees to assist colleges take away limitations to web connectivity points whereas serving to to coordinate entry to extra state-level assets, the discharge said.