ACPS starts technology survey, aims for ARPA funds

The Alachua County School District launched a home technology program to assess district needs and capitalize on a federal program, the Emergency Connectivity Fund, approved through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

The district will send hard copies of the survey home with students, but an online version is also available online. Depending on the results, thousands of Alachua County students could get access to laptops with built-in internet access in order to give them the same level of technology as in the classroom.

The survey is confidential, and the district said it wants to hear from households that currently lack internet access.

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“We particularly need to hear from the families of students who don’t have access to the internet at home, either because they lack a device, connectivity, or both,” Jackie Johnson, the district’s director of communications, said in a press release. “That could include families that don’t have enough technology resources for all the students in their household.”

Parents or guardians will need to finish the survey online or turn in a physical copy to the district by May 13. The district hopes to acquire the new devices by the start of the 2022-23 school year.

For more information on the program, also targeting libraries, visit the program website.

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