State Grants Will Support Learning Opportunities For Local Students Facing Extended School Absences

(HARRISBURG) – Students in the 25th Senatorial District who are facing extended absences from school due to injuries or illnesses will soon have new educational resources as a result of two state grants that were awarded this week, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

According to Scarnati Riverview Intermediate Unit 6 received $18,396 and Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit 9 received $11,045 in Keystone Telepresence grants to support the purchase of audio and video equipment that will allow students to participate in classroom activities in real time from home.

“Students who are homebound while fighting to recover from illnesses or injuries should not also face the risk of falling behind in school,” Scarnati said.  “This grant funding will enable them to continue to learn alongside their classmates and benefit from the support of their friends and teachers at a time when they need them most.”

Scarnati supported the establishment of the state grant program, which was created earlier this year to support students facing the potential of significant educational and developmental challenges due to extended school absences. A total of $300,000 in grants were awarded statewide through the program.

In current practice, homebound education is available to students who cannot attend school due to serious medical issues. However, many schools struggle to find a qualified teacher to provide instruction, and the extended amount of time away from classmates and teachers can also create difficult circumstances for children.

The Keystone Telepresence Grant Program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kate Flessner kflessner@pasen.gov 717-787-7084