MARTINS FERRY — In preparation for the upcoming college yr, the Martins Ferry Metropolis Faculties District is aiming for a grant to supply devices and extra web entry to college students in want of connection.
Bruce Hotlotz, expertise coordinator, mentioned the district should sustain with expertise calls for.
“We now have about 1,500 ChromeBooks now, however a whole lot of them, 500 or 600 of them are getting older out, attending to the top of life, so we’d like to exchange these. They give up getting updates,” he mentioned.
Hotlotz mentioned the district might be making use of for ChromeBooks and residential broadband web entry for college students who qualify. The district will launch a survey quickly for individuals to fill out.
“We’re hoping to get not less than 100 ChromeBooks and pay for 100 broadband entry for college students at dwelling,” Hotlotz mentioned. “That is for college students to study on-line. … It’s a authorities program that Congress simply handed.”
The FCC’s Emergency Connectivity Fund is a $7.17 billion program designed to assist colleges and libraries present instruments and companies wanted by communities for distant studying throughout the COVID-19 emergency.
For eligible colleges and libraries, the ECF program covers affordable prices of laptop computer and pill computer systems, WiFi hotspots, modems, routers, and broadband connectivity purchases for off-campus use.
Congress licensed the ECF as a part of the American Rescue Plan.
“The deadline to use is the center of August, after which a couple of month later they may ship you a funding dedication, whether or not you’ve received funding or not, so I’m pondering mid-September to early October,” he mentioned.
Hotlotz estimates there might be 200 to 300 households that qualify for this system.
“We all know it’s lots, however we’re hoping they’ll fill out the survey to seek out out simply what number of,” he mentioned. “It might be lots.”
He mentioned the survey needs to be on the district’s web site at mfcsd.k12.oh.us shortly earlier than college begins.
“About Aug. 20 or so, perhaps sooner, but it surely exhausting to get individuals to fill out surveys for college in the event that they’re not in class,” he mentioned.
“We’re all the time trying to safe as a lot grant funds as we are able to to supply our college students with web entry,” Superintendent Jim Fogle mentioned. “As well as, we’re one-to-one with the ChromeBooks, so each scholar has their very own ChromeBook, and I feel so far as web entry, we’ve discovered lots out about that with the pandemic, once we needed to resort to distant studying.”
A non-public firm is presently planning to put fiber all through Belmont County, beginning within the Union Native College District space within the Belmont and Morristown space. Fogle mentioned this may additionally ultimately profit the Martins Ferry colleges.
The varsity yr will start Aug. 23 and Aug. 24 with instructor in-service days, and college students might be at school Aug. 25.
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