FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Part of the American Rescue Plan has been helping schools get the funding they need to accommodate virtual learning.
On Monday, the Indiana Department of Education announced the third round of funding for public schools totaling nearly $1.8 billion.
Fort Wayne Community Schools is set to receive an estimated $101 million.
The district received about $53 million so far in previous allocations according to FWCS Public Information Officer Krista Stockman.
Part of that money was used to purchase wifi devices for students who needed them.
“If our students didn’t have internet access, they can’t do virtual learning,” Stockman said.
Another focus, making up for lost time.
“There are some kids that do really well with virtual programs, but a majority of students and teachers really do best when they are interacting in person,” Stockman said.
Both Fort Wayne Community Schools and Northwest Allen County Schools are looking into summer learning programs to help students get back on track.
The goal is to make these programs fun, almost like summer camp, Chief Communications Officer for NACS Lizette Downey said.
She said the $3 million allotted to Northwest Allen County will have a significant impact.
“Having these dollars come in is critical in order for us to be able to provide instruction at all,” Downey said.
Ultimately the school districts want to get back to in-person learning so the students can have a more rewarding educational experience.
“We were firm believers before the pandemic that in person was best. We believe that even more strongly today,” Stockman said.
The money from this third round of allocations can be used to offset costs from the pandemic through September 2024.
Final amounts will be announced in May.
A full list of the allocations in Indiana can be found below or you can click here.