WEST CHESTER (December 13, 2019) – The Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) will receive almost $30,000 in Keystone Telepresence grants, state Senator Andy Dinniman announced today. The funds will be used for services and equipment to assist students who are homebound due to serious medical conditions.

“As technology progresses, new solutions to age-old problems become increasingly available,” Dinniman, who serves as the Minority Chair of the Senate Education Committee, said. “Giving students the education access and care they deserve while facing serious medical conditions will not only help the students – it will help the greater school community as a whole.”

The grants will provide funds to purchase audio and video equipment for long-distance education. The Chester County Intermediate Unit can then borrow the equipment and place it within the homes of students recovering from an accident, recovering from a procedure, or experiencing a serious and/or chronic illness. Through the new equipment, students will be able to participate with their classes in real-time from home.

Intermediate units may also use the funds to train personnel on how to use the equipment.

In total, $300,000 in Keystone Telepresence grants are being awarded to 14 Intermediate Units across the state. Recently, Dinniman celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the CCIU’s Career, Technical and Customized Education Division, which focuses on a range of courses from Automotive Collision Technology to Robotics.

The CCIU currently provides services to 12 school districts in Chester County, comprising nearly 86,000 public and non-public students, and 6,000 educators.