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PSJA ISD receives additional instructional technology devices through Emergency Connectivity Fund

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PHARR – Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD received funds to purchase thousands of additional devices for students through the Emergency Connectivity Fund.  

The FCC's Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) is a $7.17 billion program that helps schools and libraries provide the tools and services their communities need for remote learning during the COVID-19 emergency period. PSJA ISD was approved for 1,700 iPads, 5,300 Dell Chromebooks, and the renewal of service for 12,000 hotspots.  

Currently at PSJA ISD, all students have access to a device for instruction. According to the PSJA Assistant Superintendent for Technology Dr. Lauro Davalos the funds were used to purchase additional devices to ensure ongoing access to a working device in case these ever need to be replaced for maintenance or repairs.  

According to Dr. Davalos, despite the many challenges the COVID-19 pandemic brought, the innovative use of technology in the curriculum has prevailed at PSJA ISD emerging into something the district plans to continue leveraging for all students.  

“Although most students are attending in-person this school year, teachers continue to use the tools and technology made available during the pandemic,” shared Dr. Davalos referring to the continuing use of devices and Google Classroom. “I get excited when I visit our schools and see our teachers and students continue to use the technology in their lessons. Thank you to our school board and superintendent for supporting us in making this possible.”