COVID has undeniably modified training, and as colleges, districts, and states transfer ahead with educating college students in a brand new actuality, the Mississippi Division of Schooling (MDE) is specializing in pupil studying and pupil security.
MDE is investing as much as $49 million of its American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary College Emergency Aid (ESSER) III funds in 4 new companies to help pupil security and studying statewide.
“These pupil and faculty help companies will assist all district and faculty leaders handle the challenges of the pandemic and assist college students speed up their studying,” mentioned Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of training. “Together with a system to make colleges safer, we’re providing districts companies that can give college students entry to high-quality content material, faculty and profession planning instruments, and dwell tutors 24 hours a day, seven days per week.”
All college districts have the choice to subscribe to the companies, that are being supplied for free of charge to districts. Districts that determine to implement the brand new companies can have free entry to them by the tip of the ESSER III funding cycle, September 30, 2024.
The 4 new pupil security and studying companies embody:
Well being and College Security Platform (nSide)
The online-based the nSide platform permits colleges and districts to develop and implement stronger well being and security plans that defend college students, lecturers and workers. Options embody an emergency alert system to first responders, surveillance cameras that detect crowd congestion, and a system to create detailed campus maps and constructing ground plans with georeferenced photos that give first responders exact areas.