Schools have been forced to evolve virtually every facet of their operations and are working diligently to deploy effective remote and hybrid learning environments. Because of this, technology has become an even more critical piece of a successful remote learning strategy.
NEW FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS PROVIDED BY THE CARES ACT
Fortunately our government has taken some steps to alleviate this added burden on schools by dedicating a portion of funding from the recently-passed CARES Act/ E-rate and Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding to both K-12 and higher education institutions.
The CARES Act 1 & 2 funds were granted to ensure new guidelines and protocols are being met within schools as well as for upgrading technology solutions to help with safety protocols, social distancing in the classroom, and optimizing distance learning. In total, education is receiving $30.7 billion in funding. The split of this funding is:
$13.2 billion for K-12
$14 billion for Higher Education
$3 billion for Governors to distribute at their discretion
The CARES Act lists 12 allowable uses for K-12 which includes “purchasing educational technology (including hardware, software, and connectivity) for students who are served by the local educational agency that aids in regular and substantive educational interaction between students and their classroom instructors…” For higher education the CARES Act allows institutions to use up to 50 percent of the funds they receive to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.
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There is wide latitude how these funds can be utilized as there are numerous priorities and for many districts – equally important use cases. These funds certainly be used for foundation Covid technology to improve the safety of both faculty and students.
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Organizations everywhere are having difficulty navigating through the complexities of how to enhance the current safety protocols and procedures for returning back to school.
VoDaVi has the expertise and technology to guide your school and develop a customized plan to help your organization to ensure that the desired investments will meet both the school’s long term and short term goals, all while maximizing your purchasing power!