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Funds from the Federal Communications Commission will be used to replace more than 500 student devices

COURTESY PHOTO: STEM.T4L ON UNSPLASH - The Estacada School District has recieved funds from the FCC to update more than 500 student devices.

The Estacada School District is the recipient an award of nearly $400,000 from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The funds will be used to replace 586 student devices this school year, saving the district more than $164,000.

"Internet access is not just nice-to-have, it is a must-have for work, healthcare, school, and beyond. Nearly 17 million school children lack internet access at home, creating a nationwide Homework Gap that left unsolved could become an opportunity gap," the FCC stated. "And many Americans stay offline because they can't afford the cost of broadband service. The FCC is working on programs to provide help to these communities."

Technology and operations leaders in the Estacada School District applied for the grant.

Because the Estacada School District is a 1:1 district, every student receives a technology device.

"This program has enabled the district to adapt quickly to changing circumstances including COVID-19 quarantines, closures, and snow days — all while keeping learning going. It also ensures that each student has equal access to technology at home and can learn utilizing 21st-century devices and technology," district leaders wrote in a press release.

Estacada School District Superintendent Ryan Carpenter described the grant as an "exciting win for our students, technology department, and district."

"I'm excited for this opportunity to utilize outside funds to continue to sustain and improve the technology services we offer to our children," he said.

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