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300 WiFi hot spots donated to help Cleveland students learn from home while schools remain closed

Approximately 25 percent of families don't have internet access in Cuyahoga County.

CLEVELAND — With schools closed throughout Ohio due to coronavirus concerns, students have been forced to continue their education from home.

But what about those students who don't have internet access?

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish announced Friday morning that 300 WiFi hot spots have been donated to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to help solve that issue.

“Our team worked with AT&T to identify a plan to provide WiFi access for free for about two months for each of the hot spots," Budish said during a county press conference. "That should take the children through the end of the school year.”

Budish said this will help distance learning continue because 25 percent of families in Cuyahoga County don't have access to the internet.

These hot spots were donated by the Board of Elections, which would have been used during the March 17 in-person primary election. But that, too, was canceled to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Currently, Ohio's K-12 schools will remain closed through May 1. It's possible Gov. Mike DeWine extends those closures -- including through the rest of the academic year -- depending on the current situation of the coronavirus.

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