- To issue Request for Information for pricing from internet providers
- Statewide mandatory face covering begins 6PM
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced that the state is setting aside $50 million from the state funding through the federal CARES Act to provide hotspots and internet enabled devices students as to relieve challenges of online education during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We will be setting aside $50 million, pending upcoming Controlling Board approval, from state funding through the federal CARES Act to provide hotspots and internet-enabled devices to students,” said Governor Mike DeWine.
“We’ll be issuing an RFI (Request for Information), through InnovateOhio, BroadbandOhio, Department of Administrative Services, the Department of Education, and the Management Council for pricing from internet providers for everything from hotspots to laptops to tablets for Ohio schools.”
On the surge based on information from activities at bars, Governor DeWine said, “although the vast majority of those running bars are doing a great job, we do know of outbreaks in Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo, Athens, Henry County, Lawrence County, Medina County, and Sandusky County that have been traced back to bars.”
Also recently, Mayor Andrew J. Ginther along with Columbus City Council President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown and Columbus City Schools announced $7 million CARES Act funding for additional Chromebooks for Columbus City Schools’ students.
“Virtual learning shined a bright light on disparities in our community. Students without access to technology have been left behind,” said Mayor Ginther.
“These funds will put access to learning right into the hands of more students right here in our city.”
In May, the City received $157 million CARES Act dollars from the U.S. Treasury to provide assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Columbus will use $7 million of those dollars to assure that every student in Columbus City Schools will be given a Chromebook.
Meanwhile, the mandatory statewide face covering by all residents begins today, Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 6PM as Governor Mike DeWine ordered a mandatory face covering in the state while in public to curtail the spread of the covid19 pandemic. This order only requires those who are 10 years old or older to wear a mask.