State grant to benefit Riverview Intermediate Unit 6

From staff reports

The state Department of Education on Tuesday announced Riverview Intermediate Unit 6 will receive an $18,396 grant.

The Clarion-based education center is among 14 intermediate units in the state to receive state funds for equipment and services to help educate students who are at home recovering from serious medical conditions.

“Historically, students suffering from serious illness or severe injury would lose significant instructional time,” Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera said. “These grants will help provide them an opportunity to not only be educated in ‘real time’ but also remain part of their school community.”

Intermediate units use the grants to purchase audio and video equipment. An IU’s member school districts can then borrow the equipment and place it within the homes of students who are recovering from an accident or medical procedure, or are experiencing a serious or chronic illness.

The equipment enables students to participate in daily educational activities with classmates and teachers in real time. Intermediate units may also use the funds to train personnel on how to use the equipment.