Alabama Broadband Connectivity for Students Vouchers
On Friday, July 31, Governor Kay Ivey announced $100 million in CARES Act funding has been allocated for a public-private partnership to increase access to internet for K-12 students attending school in the fall who may need internet service for distance learning. The program, called Alabama Broadband Connectivity (ABC) for Students, will provide home internet access vouchers for families of students currently eligible for free and reduced-price school meals, or other income criteria. The vouchers will help cover equipment and service costs for high-speed internet service from the fall through Dec. 31, 2020. Providers will contract with the state through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) to provide the service using existing lines and technologies. Families with children who receive free or reduced school lunch will be notified via a mailed letter in August with the program expected to run August through Dec. 30, 2020, in accordance with CARES Act guidelines. ADECA will administer the program and a website to assist Alabamians with questions as the program nears its launch can be found here.
Thanks to all who replied to our parent/student survey. The information will help us as we continue to plan for our Fall start of school.
Survey Result Highlights:
Question: At this present time, how comfortable are you with the return of your child to a GCS campus for traditional educational instruction in August 2020?
Question: Which schooling format do you prefer to utilize for your student(s) when school starts again in August? Remember, a full-time virtual student could expect each course to cover more content and move at a faster pace than the past spring online courses. Attendance will be taken every day and grades will be given. In order for your student to be successful with the virtual learning educational platform they will need to be engaged as much, or sometime more, than they would in a traditional classroom setting. (9-wks required for Elementary and 1 Semester for Secondary Students)
|Traditional, face-to-face Instruction||51.10%|
Question: If your child participates in the GCS Virtual Learning Platform, which of the following digital supports would your child need? (select all that apply)
|No Digital Support Needed||32.40%|