MARTINS FERRY — In preparation for the upcoming faculty yr, the Martins Ferry Metropolis Faculties District is aiming for a grant to offer devices and extra web entry to college students in want of connection.
Bruce Hotlotz, know-how coordinator, stated the district should sustain with know-how calls for.
“We’ve about 1,500 ChromeBooks now, however plenty of them, 500 or 600 of them are getting old out, attending to the tip of life, so we’d like to exchange these. They give up getting updates,” he stated.
Hotlotz stated the district will likely be making use of for ChromeBooks and residential broadband web entry for college students who qualify. The district will launch a survey quickly for folks to fill out.
“We’re hoping to get a minimum of 100 ChromeBooks and pay for 100 broadband entry for college students at residence,” Hotlotz stated. “That is for college students to be taught 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 providers wanted by communities for distant studying through 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 are going to ship you a funding dedication, whether or not you’ve received funding or not, so I’m pondering mid-September to early October,” he stated.
Hotlotz estimates there may very well be 200 to 300 households that qualify for this system.
“We all know it’s rather a lot, however we’re hoping they’ll fill out the survey to search out out simply what number of,” he stated. “It may very well be rather a lot.”
He stated the survey needs to be on the district’s web site at mfcsd.k12.oh.us shortly earlier than faculty begins.
“About Aug. 20 or so, possibly sooner, but it surely exhausting to get folks to fill out surveys for varsity in the event that they’re not in class,” he stated.
“We’re all the time trying to safe as a lot grant funds as we will to offer our college students with web entry,” Superintendent Jim Fogle stated. “As well as, we’re one-to-one with the ChromeBooks, so each scholar has their very own ChromeBook, and I believe so far as web entry, we’ve discovered rather a lot out about that with the pandemic, after we needed to resort to distant studying.”
A personal firm is at the moment planning to put fiber all through Belmont County, beginning within the Union Native Faculty District space within the Belmont and Morristown space. Fogle stated this may additionally finally profit the Martins Ferry colleges.
The college yr will start Aug. 23 and Aug. 24 with instructor in-service days, and college students will likely be in school Aug. 25.