Rep. Rogers Announces Over $635,000 In State Grants For Remote Learning Technologies To Local Schools
BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant program provides area schools with funding for Wi-Fi hotspots, internet-enabled devices in support of Reset and Restart K-12 education models
September 14, 2020
 
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COLUMBUS -- State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced the release of $636,379.29 in state funding through the federal CARES Act.  These funds, which are earmarked for several school districts throughout Lake County, will assist with the purchasing of technologies such as Wi-Fi hotspots and internet-enabled devices, to support remote learning for students this fall semester.


The BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant, a collaboration between the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and BroadbandOhio, provided Ohio schools, both private and public, together with Education Service Centers, the opportunity to apply for these funds through a grant application process. $50 million was set aside statewide for eligible purchases of information technologies made between July 1 and Dec. 30, 2020.


"Our educators, school administrators, staff, students and families have done much in these last few weeks to adapt to precautionary measures put in place as the school year begins to make attendance both safe and successful," said Rogers. "These grants allow schools to purchase necessary technologies to help make learning in online classrooms possible whether fully remote or with hybrid in-person education models. The state's investment in these resources will help to ensure that our schools and communities are able to execute the Reset and Restart plans developed to start the new school year as well as prepare any public health scenarios that may demand quick and responsive transitions to distance learning because of the ongoing global pandemic."


The acquisition and maintenance of connectivity resources together with other computer technologies will continue to be a high-priority for the upcoming school year to ensure that districts using distance learning options as part of their Reset and Restart K-12 education plan can provide students with the ability to connect to their online classrooms. In addition to these grants, ODE will make available IT support staff to help schools remove barriers to internet connectivity issues while helping to coordinate access to additional state-level resources.


Award amounts for individual districts and local education agencies can be found in the attached file, or a complete list of awarded grants is available at the following link:


https://ohio-k12.help/broadbandohio-connectivity-grant/


**EDITOR’S NOTE: List of grant recipients attached.


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