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Grady County Schools receives grants to ease distance learning for teachers, students

Posted at 11:51 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 23:51:39-04

GRADY COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) — The Grady County School Board received two grants that they plan to use to help students with distance learning for the remainder of this school year and the fall.

With $125,000 for Eastside Elementary and just under $150,000 for Washington Middle School, the board plans to purchase enough laptops for every student to have one to take home.

They also plan to purchase video equipment to allow teachers to record lessons, should another round of COVID-19 surface in the fall.

"Our plan is, in the fall if we need to to record lessons, download those to a jump drive, and give the jump drives to students that don't have internet, and the students that have internet access can just download from the cloud," said Kermit Gilliard, the superintendent of Grady County Schools.

The county surveyed all of its families to find about 25 percent are without internet access.

At this time, the Grady County School Board plans to continue holding classes for this term through May 12.

They will allow students that experienced difficulties completing assignments due to COVID-19 to visit campus between May 12 and 22 to finish those assignment under supervised social distancing.