The Prince William Board of County Supervisors recently accepted, budgeted, and appropriated $1.2 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES, Act funding to buy 4,061 Wi-fi hotspot devices for students without reliable internet service. The Prince William Department of Information Technology (DoIT) teamed up with Prince William County Public Schools (PWCPS) for the project.
PWCPS will prioritize distribution of the 4061 Wi-fi hotspots to Title I schools. Students without reliable access to the internet while they are not in school due to the COVID-19 pandemic are at a learning disadvantage and the Wi-fi hotspots will help with their education.
This additional CARES Act funding will pay for devices for one year under the County Student Hotspot Program. PWCPS will distribute the devices to families in need. Once the device subscription expires, users will have to pay for continued service or return the devices.
Prince William County Libraries is also providing 100 Chromebooks to PWCPS to assist students learning and academic studies.
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