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Crossing the digital divide in days of COVID-19

Tech-Link Tutoring will begin at Kump Education Center later this month if Randolph County does not turn Orange on the WV School Covid-19 Alert Map. We plan to initiate a new program designed to help underserved students deal with some of the challenges of online learning. Parents and teachers may schedule appointments after Oct. 18 by mailing the referral form below.

If the student is referred by a teacher, that student will be eligible for free service. Parents who are able to contribute $5 for each 30-minute tutoring session will be asked to do so to help pay the tutors. No charge will be required for families that are not able to pay. We plan to work with students who are identified by their parents and teachers as needing help with technology. Students who cannot access broadband internet or do not own computing devices will have first priority.

The Neighborhood Investment Program has approved $4,500 WV tax credits to help KEC to offer Tech-Link Tutoring this year. With this tax incentive we hope to collect $9,000 in NIP donations to pay for tech savvy tutors who will encourage students struggling with online learning. We plan to schedule 30-minute tutoring sessions after school on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and in the morning on Saturdays. Elementary students will meet tutors in person and secondary students may be asked to use Zoom if they have access to good internet service.

Parent or Teacher Referral to Tech-Link Tutoring

For Randolph County Students Struggling with Online Learning

Return “Referral” by Oct. 30, to Kump Education Center, PO Box 1106, Elkins, WV 26241

Student_____

Parent_____

Address_____

Phone_____ Email _____

Teacher _____

School_____ Grade_____

This student does have access to broadband internet at home. Yes___No____

This student is not able to operate a computing device. Why?_______

Kump Education Center is located on S. Randolph Ave. across from Kroger and McDonald’s.

A parent will deliver and pick the student before and after 30 minutes of tutoring._____

A parent agrees to transport student during one or more periods listed below:

____To and from KEC on Tuesday between 3:00 and 5:30 p.m.

____To and from KEC on Thursday between 3:00 and 5:30 p.m.

____To and from KEC on Friday between 3 and 5:30 p.m.

____To and from KEC on Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon.

Mail to: Kump Education Center, P.O. Box 1106, Elkins, WV 26231

Call (304) 637-7820

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