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

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, August 21, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 21, 2020) – State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) said new resources are available to help students succeed, especially as COVID-19 complicates the start of the school year.

"There are bound to be some bumps in the road as some students adjust to a different learning environment this school year," Saunders said. "However, there are tools available to help them and their families successfully navigate this transition."

Whether returning to school for in-person instruction, or participating in remote- or e-learning, Saunders 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 Saunders, 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.

"Helping young Hoosiers learn and succeed academically is important," Saunders said. "From ensuring they have the right technology to providing additional learning materials, these resources will support students as they continue their education."

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. Saunders said students can call 877-ASK-ROSE or chat live online with a tutor to work through homework assignments.

Saunders 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. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) represents House District 54,

which includes Henry County and portions of Rush and Wayne counties.

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