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RPS 205 set to get $11.7 million from federal government

ROCKFORD (WREX) — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues throughout the country, and the state of Illinois, some relief is headed to Rockford schools.

The district is set to get $11.7 million in stimulus funding. Superintendent Ehren Jarrett said that money will mostly go toward technology as well as salaries, to help prevent layoffs in the district.

The district handed out Chromebooks for many students to learn remotely with. But Jarrett says Wi-Fi access remains an issue. He estimates as many as 15% to 30% of families in the district don't have access to it.

"In non-quarantine times there are ways around that by congregating in public places. Coffee shops, laundromats, etcetera sometimes have Wi-Fi. Obviously we don't want to do anything to encourage that so figuring out how to address Wi-Fi access we assume will be another challenge in our community," said Jarrett.

He went on to say that along with this funding, community partners can help get the issue solved.

Jarrett said he hopes to get more guidance from the federal government in the next four to six weeks in terms of how to divvy up the funding.

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