Pennsylvania offers aid to link homebound students to class
The state Capitol building in Harrisburg. (Tom Downing/WITF)
(Harrisburg) — Pennsylvania is offering aid to school districts to pay for accommodations for students who are homebound while recovering from a serious injury or illness.
Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill last week after it passed the Legislature unanimously.
Under the law, the Department of Education must write program guidelines, and award up to $300,000 a year in grants to intermediate units that apply.
The grants could be used to buy equipment that helps students participate in real time with classroom activity through a video link. The sponsor, Sen. Scott Martin, R-Lancaster, says the equipment resembles an iPad mounted on a Segway unit and will help students keep up with classmates while dealing with a serious illness or injury.
He says Maryland has a similar law.