PASD Seeks Applicants for Capital Advisory Committee

PASD Seeks Applicants for Capital Advisory Committee
Posted on 09/30/2020
PASD Seeks Applicants for Capital Advisory Committee

For continual updates or to access the application at a later date, please visit our PACAC page at https://portangelesschools.org/pacac

Port Angeles, WA – In partnership with the Port Angeles Education Foundation (PAEF), the Port Angeles School District (PASD) is excited to announce the ability to provide free internet access to low income students without current broadband service. With COVID-19 related school closures continuing since spring 2020, school districts have faced significant barriers, including the lack of consistent internet, which limited access to online instruction for some students.

Bringing the vision of Distance Learning 2.0 to life required finding a solution for the internet connectivity gap our District’s students faced. While the District provided Chromebooks for student use at home, not all homes could afford internet services. This issue was exacerbated by the lack of infrastructure to provide adequate connectivity, given the expansive geographic area the District serves.

To provide much needed access, PASD and PAEF are providing WiFi or hotspots to more than one hundred families. This enables those students to access the internet and do schoolwork during Distance Learning 2.0. The District has capacity to add data and hotspots to their plan in order to help more students.

“PAEF’s willingness to work alongside the District was a game-changer; being able to use the internet at home removed one of the key barriers to student success during Distance Learning 2.0,” said PASD Superintendent Brewer. Brewer added, “We’re closing the gap between all students; they now have access to what they need.”

The non-profit Education Foundation will donate up to $80,000 to the District’s internet connectivity project. PAEF’s funding is essential to closing the connectivity gap for students in our community.

Ray Chirayath, PAEF Board President said, “The goal of the Ed Foundation is to reduce barriers that limit a student’s ability to attend school, participate, and be ready to learn. We are pleased to use our resources for this critical need.”

Chirayath reports that PAEF will be seeking an additional grant from United Way of Clallam County’s COVID-19 Crisis Fund which supports non-profits in delivering their missions during the pandemic.

PAEF also distributes school and teacher grants for enrichment projects in Port Angeles public schools. For more information about PAEF or to make a tax-deductible donation to the grant program or to support internet connectivity, visit www.pa-ef.org. Checks can be sent to PO Box 787, Port Angeles, WA 98362.

For more information:
Jennifer Sperline, Communications Coordinator
Port Angeles School District