Indiana will soon send a total of $61 million to Hoosier schools to help them with their technology needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The awards announced Wednesday will go to 1,366 schools, the vast majority of which are traditional public schools.
The grants from the previously-announced program are funded by the federal CARES Act. They will pay for, among other things, more than 68,000 student devices and nearly 2,900 devices for teachers.
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The governor’s Senior Education Advisor Katie Jenner said the money will also pay for improved internet access.
“Cellular Mi-Fi devices, expanding Wi-Fi access to key community locations and more,” Jenner said.
Indiana Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box also announced Wednesday the state will create a public dashboard that shows positive COVID-19 cases in schools. But that won’t be ready until mid- to late-September.