SPRINGFIELD − December 11, 2019 – Sen. Tim Kearney (D – Chester, Delaware) today announced Chester and Delaware Counties’ Intermediate Units will receive over $45,000 from the Keystone Telepresence Education Grant Program. Funding will go to remote classroom technology to help educate children who face extended absences from school due to injury or illness.

“These grants will allow students to stay connected to the classroom while undergoing treatment or recovery,” said Kearney. “Telepresence technology will not only help these children avoid falling behind in their studies, but it will help them overcome isolation from their classmates and teachers. This is a critical investment in our children’s educational, social, and emotional development.”

Chester County Intermediate Unit will receive $29,972 and Delaware County Intermediate Unit will receive $15,740 to purchase audio and video equipment that allows students with serious medical issues to appear in class virtually from home. A total of $300,000 was awarded through the program statewide.

The Keystone Telepresence Grant Program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Funding for the program comes from PDE’s Special Education state appropriation.