As a certified staff member you are receiving this survey from the school district regarding your school issued laptop device. We wanted to clarify the purpose of this survey.
The survey will be used to demonstrate “unmet need” documentation for a possible funding source for the district to help offset the cost of new laptop devices. The district could possibly access a $400 reimbursement toward the devices if there is an “unmet need” and the survey will be the documentation for this. This program funding is being provided to schools not only for any unforeseen remote learning in the future but also to help close the “homework gap” so all students/staff have a sufficient device to use at home to complete homework and/or remote learning if ever necessary.
The district would like to purchased new laptop computers for the certified staff because the current devices owned by the district are older and thus could be considered not sufficient. However, to access the $400 reimbursement for the devices the district must show that the staff member would not have had their own sufficient device had the district not provided one. This will be documented by the survey results.
The Emergency Connectivity Fund (“ECF”) is a program established under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to support the purchase of connected devices (i.e., laptop computers) and internet connectivity for off-campus use to serve the unmet needs of students, school staff, and library patrons during the COVID-19 emergency period. During this application window, eligible schools, libraries, and consortia of schools and libraries, will be able to submit funding requests to purchase eligible equipment and services received or delivered between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. The program will reimburse applicants a maximum of $400 for each laptop.
Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey and for all you do to help make Frontenac School District a great place for everyone!