Goodrich says new tools can help students succeed despite COVID-19 challenges

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Monday, August 17, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 17, 2020) – State Rep. Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville) said new resources are available to help students succeed, especially as COVID-19 complicates the start of the school year.

"No matter how a student starts this school year, it is crucial they have the tools to succeed," said Goodrich, member of the House Education Committee. "The Indiana Department of Education offers a variety of resources families can utilize during this time to help make sure everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential."

Whether returning to school for in-person instruction, or participating in remote- or e-learning, Goodrich said the Indiana Department of Education offers online resources to start the school year strong. Parents can find information on internet access, providers of high-speed broadband at a reduced rate and how to qualify for a free computer, all by visiting doe.in.gov. Students can also access educational activities sorted by grade level and subject area, including writing prompts, a free e-library, physical education and art programs. This website also provides information on health and safety guidelines that families can review when students return to the classroom.

According to Goodrich, IDOE partnered with Indiana Public Broadcast Stations in the spring to connect families to educational television programing and online resources aligned to Indiana's academic standards. He said these programs are still available and can be accessed at PBSLearningMedia.org. Parents can find their local station and TV schedule by visiting IPBS.org.

For free help completing assignments and tutoring, students can turn to AskRose.org. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's AskRose Homework Help is a free math and science tutoring service for Hoosier students in grades 4-12. Goodrich said students can call 877-ASK-ROSE or chat live online with a tutor to work through homework assignments.    

Goodrich said schools and officials are launching the new school year with plans based on local COVID-19 data, and families should visit their local school websites for the most up-to-date information.

More resources and information can be found at doe.in.gov.

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State Rep. Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville) represents House District 29,

which includes portions of Hamilton County.

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