It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has put a halt to everyday life for those who are taking precautions to stay safe. Even those who aren’t taking any steps toward prevention are held to some government regulations.

For instance, the closing of schools….

What was initially thought to be an extended Spring Break ended with students finishing the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year via distance learning. School systems are currently researching ways to safely reopen this fall, and financial aid for education in Alabama was recently approved.

The Associated Press reports that Monday, Gov. Kay Ivey announced that almost $49 million in federal virus response money would be used to boost internet access for students, offer digital textbooks, and help with other education budget needs.

This plan includes money allocated for programs to close student achievement gaps, WiFi for school buses, tutoring resources, and more.

There are numerous systems across the state that are significantly under served. Rural communities where WiFi is limited or not affordable to a great percentage of the population should be among the first considered for funds with schools in more privileged systems that were disproportionately affected by the pandemic coming second.

While it is important for the economy to remain as steady as possible, safety should always come first. So, the extension of the "safer at home" order should be practiced in all areas, including education.  Anything which will make that easier and more even across the board is welcome.

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