LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — The Clark County School Board of Trustees has approved millions of dollars and entered the school district into agreements with Nevada companies to assist with internet connectivity for the 2020-21 school year.
The board held a regular meeting on Thursday night and approved $7.2 million for a year’s worth of internet connection for students learning from home. $4.8 million was approved to purchase in-home internet connectivity from Cox Communications for qualifying households and $1.8 million to purchase internet hotspots from Kajeet for qualifying households.
The board also approved the district entering memoranda of agreement with Communities in Schools and nonprofits Future Smiles and Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates. Communities in Schools and the two nonprofits will provide data and internet connection for distance learning until October unless the term of the agreement is extended.
Mike Casey from CCSD Operational Services said that the agreements were made in collaboration with state’s COVID-19 task force. Casey plugged the state’s website and call center that was set up to assist with internet and device issues. He said that surveys on the website has reached 217,000 students to assess their technology needs.
To a question from Trustee Irene Cepeda, Casey said that Spanish and English are available at this time.
To provide health services for students pre-K to 13 years old, the board approved a five-year memorandum with Silver State Health Services (SSHS) to provide services including acute and chronic care, behavioral health screening, therapy, and support.
As approved, the agreement with SSHS is intended to have no fiscal impact on the CCSD general fund. If existing space is not available at participating school sites, costs for installation and operation of the health services portable will be the responsibility of the school site, according to the district.
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