The Mathews Local School District has purchased 264 Chromebooks thanks to the FCC’s Emergency Connectivity Fund.
The FCC's Emergency Connectivity Fund is a $7 billion program that was established to help schools provide tools and services to their school communities for remote learning during the COVID-19 emergency period. The Emergency Connectivity Fund also provides relief to millions of students and school staff who lack necessary Internet access or the devices needed to connect to classrooms. Congress authorized the Emergency Connectivity Fund as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. For eligible schools, the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program covers reasonable costs of laptop and tablet computers, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers and broadband connectivity purchases for off-campus use by students and school staff.
In August, the Mathews Technology Department applied for the funding to purchase the Chromebooks. In October, the district received confirmation of its approval. The Chromebooks will be used for day-to-day learning activities, as well as supporting blended learning and remote learning learning models that are now essentials to effective instructional operations.
“On behalf of the Mathews Local School District, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the FCC Emergency Connectivity Fund for this generous grant as well as to all of those who worked very hard in the background to apply for the funding that will support the learning needs of our students for many years to come,” said superintendent Russell McQuaide. “The acquisition of the Chromebooks is a silver lining that has occurred in the midst of a very challenging circumstance. It is our hope that the Chromebooks, which are utilized on a very extensive basis, will last well beyond the COVID-19 crisis.”