NORTH READING, MA — The North Reading School District received a $137,750 grant from the state for remote learning technology. North Reading was one of 253 school districts across the Commonwealth to receive funding.
As many schools in the Commonwealth plan to start classes in the fall under a hybrid or remote learning plan, the funding will help ensure students have adequate access to technology to strengthen instruction both in the classroom and at home.
School districts will use the funds from the competitive matching grant, in conjunction with other funds, to improve the use of technology and strengthen teaching and learning by purchasing computers, assistive technologies, and ensure sufficient internet access for students. The grants will also cover reimbursement costs to districts that have already spent funds on technology during the school closures that began in March.
The grant is one of several funding sources designed to help Massachusetts school districts address costs related to COVID-19 as schools reopen.
“Access to technology is critical for students and their education,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “These technology grants are just one way in which we are working with districts to help them face the challenges associated with COVID-19 and keep kids focused on learning.”
This article originally appeared on the North Reading Patch