WEST CHESTER (April 28, 2020) – The Coatesville Area School District and the Octorara Area School District will receive $24,000 in total grant funding to assist students with remote learning opportunities, State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today.

“These grants will help students bridge gaps and overcome obstacles to keep learning during extended school closures and other potential disruptions to their education,” Dinniman, who serves as minority chair of the Senate Education Committee, said. “Now more than ever, we need to focus on providing innovative solutions and equitable opportunities for students and families in need.”

These grants, which come through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Continuity of Education Equity Grant (CEEG) program may be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets, and internet hot spots, or provide instructional materials, such as paper lessons and coursework for the current (2019-2020) academic year.

They are as follows:

  • $14,500 for the Coatesville Area School District
  • $9,500 for the Octorara Area School District

CEEG grants are designed to help provide increased access and inclusion for all learners, bridging the education gap for students who are limited in their ability to participate in continuity of education. Schools with the highest percentages of students lacking access to resources were given priority.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education also encouraged other school districts in need to look at Pennsylvania’s greater list for guidance and resources for school communities facing challenges with COVID-19, available here.