Ohio Connectivity Champions Help Connect Cleveland Metropolitan School District Students to the Internet

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Thousands of households now connected

Columbus, Ohio, April 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Ohio Connectivity Champions (OCC) has partnered with Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) to help roll out free internet service to more than 6,000 households in the district during the 2021-2022 school year, ensuring online access to health, employment, school, skills development and the economy.

In September 2021CMSD received approx. $12 million the Connectivity Emergency Fund, a federal fund $7.17 billion program that helps schools and libraries provide the tools and services needed for remote learning during the pandemic. Through Spectrum and EmpowerCLE+’s Stay Connected K-12 program, more than 6,000 broadband modems have been distributed to homes in the CMSD district.

Recognizing the need to support CMSD in rolling out this initiative, Joe ManciniCCO coordinator, contacted Melissa Hirsch, Executive Director and Advisor, IT Strategy Execution and Governance, to help you. “After speaking with Ms. Hirsch, we assembled a team to coordinate efforts between Spectrum and CMSD,” Mancini said. “The biggest challenge has been reaching each household’s caregiver to confirm internet connection. To ensure CMSD families are connected, we call each household three times a week to attempt contact.”

Champions also help CMSD change addresses, identify household Internet needs, verify necessary Internet installation, ensure that unused modems have been returned, and ensure that households that need it are programmed to receive one. “from ohio Connectivity Champions are committed to eliminating the burdens that districts face while connecting families to the internet,” said Geoff Andrews, Managing Director of the Board of Management, parent company of the OCC. “We are thrilled to be part of an initiative that helps Ohioans connect to the internet and participate in the global economy.”

The OCC has made more than 10,300 calls to CMSD homes, responding to more than 4,900 requests, and will be recontacting families who have failed to connect. OCC assists all Ohioans with an internet connection and can be reached at www.ohio-k12.help/remotedx, by email, or by text at [email protected]and by phone 844-K12-OHIO (844-512-6446).

from ohio The information technology centers work together through a statewide network known as the Ohio Education Computer Network (OECN). The Board of Management coordinates and supports the collaborative efforts of OECN, which implements a wide range of academic and administrative technologies across from ohio PreK-12 education system.

Contact: Jessica MadisonThe Management Board
614.840.9810
[email protected]

SOURCE The Board of Management

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