Remote learning has been challenging for parents and students. The primary challenge for many has been access – simply having an appropriate device and reliable internet at home.
While Stark County districts, agencies, philanthropy, colleges, libraries and others have been working creatively and collaboratively to fill the gaps, the Ohio Department of Education, with CARES Act funding, has instituted Connectivity Champions to provide additional support to Ohio’s K-12 students and families for remote learning.
“We see this as a big step toward equity in access,” Marty Bowe, SPARCC Business Manager declared. “Your geographic location and/or your income level should not be a barrier to connecting to your education.”
The Connectivity Champions will help schools and families implement the connectivity funded by the $50M BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant that was recently distributed to over 900 districts and schools in Ohio.
Connectivity Champions will provide all Ohio school districts, community schools, JVSD (joint vocational school district), STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and non-public schools with support to get students connected to the internet from home. Any students and parents struggling with a home internet connection, may reach out for help from the Ohio’s Connectivity Champions.