HARRISBURG, PA — The state Department of Education (PDE) announced $300,000 in Keystone Telepresence grants to 14 intermediate units (IU) for equipment and services to help educate students who are at home recovering from serious medical conditions.
“Historically, students suffering from serious illness or severe injury would lose significant instructional time,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “These grants will help provide them an opportunity to not only be educated in ‘real time’ but also remain part of their school community.”
Intermediate units use the grants to purchase audio and video equipment. An IU’s member school districts can then borrow the equipment and place it within the homes of students who are recovering from an accident or medical procedure or are experiencing a serious or chronic illness. The equipment enables students to participate in daily educational activities with classmates and teachers in real time.
Intermediate units may also use the funds to train personnel on how to use the equipment.
Intermediate units receiving Keystone Telepresence Education grants include:
- Intermediate Unit 1 – $30,000
- Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3 – $29,935
- Midwestern Intermediate Unit 4 – $18,396
- Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5 – $17,894
- Riverview Intermediate Unit 6 – $18,396
- Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit 9 – $11,045
- Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11 – $19,006
- Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12 – $30,000
- Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 – $14,094
- Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 – $20,369
- Bucks County Intermediate Unit 22 – $28,197
- Chester County Intermediate Unit 24 – $29,972
- Delaware County Intermediate Unit 25 – $15,740
- Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 – $14,398
The state’s Special Education funds provide the grants. Governor Wolf secured a $50 million increase in Special Education this year.
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education
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