Pittsburgh Public Schools expects to receive sometime this week the last 200 of the more than 23,000 devices it needed to ensure that all students and teachers have a district-issued laptop or iPad.
(TNS) — Pittsburgh Public Schools expects to receive sometime this week the last 200 of the more than 23,000 devices it needed to ensure that all students and teachers have a district-issued laptop or iPad.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the district — and many others around the country — to transition to virtual instruction, making devices imperative for education.
The 200 devices have not yet been delivered, but are being configured with the necessary software, according to district spokeswoman
Soon after the pandemic forced building closures in the spring, Superintendent
But the undertaking was delayed because of issues with the national supply chain as well as early uncertainty of federal funding through the CARES Act, which is distributed by the state, according to a report released last week by city Controller
"This crisis is putting local school districts in a tough spot when it comes to balancing their budgets,"
The city controller's office found that the district will spend nearly $11 million on devices, including accessories and warranties. But the district has only been reimbursed about $1.8 million for these aid-eligible purchases from the state
When a district's application for federal funding like the CARES Act is fully approved by the state
"Monthly payments are forecast based on the approved date and the length of the grant," the spokeswoman said. "In the Pittsburgh SD example, it was approved on 9\/2. Monthly payments are scheduled as $586,674.58.
The city controller's report said that as of
The district, though, said most students who did not receive a school-issued device by the start of the year were using a personal device for instruction.
The controller's report estimated that about 336, or 1.55%, of all district students have been completely absent from remote learning. Administrators believe that some of those students have left the district, but they are working to track each child.
"While school districts everywhere are facing an unprecedented situation, it's up to the school administration to make sure no students are left behind,"
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