Hemet Unified School District (HUSD) was one of 19 school districts that received part of the $10 million in CARES Act funds from the Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) Foundation’s “All For One” campaign.
HUSD received approximately 500 laptops/tablets and 500 mobile hot spots.
The funds were allocated by the board of supervisors to aid in the purchase of tech equipment for the 2020/21 school year. Laptops, tablets and reliable internet access were all things that could be purchased with the funds.
“The ‘All For One’ campaign was launched exactly for this reason — to provide funds directly to districts to address students’ needs related to distance learning,” said Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Judy D. White. “As schools and districts prepare to offer hybrid and in-person learning over the coming months, elements of distance learning will remain a necessity in socially-distanced classrooms, for completing homework, and to ensure continuity of education if COVID-19 or other emergencies force school closures.”
RCOE launched the foundation in May to bridge the digital divide resulting from March’s abruptly forced distance learning to slow the spread of COVID-19.