ALLENTOWN, Pa. (WLVT) - Congresswoman Susan Wild and the Allentown School District announced Tuesday it is receiving $9.8 million from the CARES Act for education during the pandemic.
“Since Allentown School District serves some of our most vulnerable students, it makes sense that they get fast and flexible aid,” said Congresswoman Wild.
The money will be given to the school districts to help continue their distance learning. “Including purchasing remote equipment, professional development for educators, summer learning, and unique support for underserved students,” said Congresswoman Wild.
Superintendent Thomas Parker said the district already distributed 5,000 devices for students to learn online and they recently purchased 8,000 more - a mix of Chromebooks and iPads. Parker said the two biggest challenges right now are keeping students connected online and having enough devices. “The resources being provided by the CARES Act, now, I think will help us transition and support the district in both of those areas,” said Parker.