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NOTICE : PDS is being proactive in our response to the COVID-19 situation. For information on what we’re doing, industry resources, and ways we can help visit our COVID-19 Resource Center

Government funding to support K-12 and High Education from the impact of COVID-19

PDS would like to provide you an important update regarding the CARES Act and the impact to Education. With nearly $31b in the Act allocated towards Education Stabilization Funds, we are at a point now where academic institutions can begin leveraging these benefits. It is very important you ACT NOW.

Why? It cannot be overstated how stressed the supply chain is, especially for student devices.  Many academic institutions have already or are racing to get this portion of their technology orders in so they don’t miss the opportunity to impact the next school year.  This is a serious global shortage issue.  Waiting on this will likely impact you having devices ready for the next academic year. The video above will provide some more information on the following topics and help you understand how you need to respond.

  • CARES ACT Update
  • Distribution of Funds
  • Direction for PD, Access, and Information Technology
  • Specific Technology Needs for Remote Learning
  • Requirements and Contracts for Sourcing Aligned Technology and Services

 

RESOURCES

PDS is a contracted IT provider for the state of MN and WI

PDS is a state contracted supplier for Desktops, Workstations, Notebooks, Tablets, Networking, Deployment Services, and more on State of Wisconsin and Minnesota Contracts.

Start a conversation with one of our education technology specialists to understand more about the CARES Act and what you can do to act now
teamgovedu@pdsit.net or call us at 262-569-5300, press “4”

It’s PDS’ mission to help you through this challenge – both in navigating the supply chain, and in leveraging our unique rapid deployment services so you can impact your next academic year. Here are some ways we can help.

 

Planning
PDS can help instructional and technology teams collaborate to determine the right technology solutions to support your students, teachers and staff.

 

Technology Components and Considerations
PDS is a State contracted supplier of IT equipment and can help you navigate the current hardware availability challenges to ensure your teachers and students have the technology they need.

 

Network Access & Connectivity
Can your network handle the increased traffic and bandwidth needs? Can your users connect and access the content and tools they need? PDS can help ensure you have the solutions in place to adapt to any kind of learning environment.

 

Security
Remote learning brings a host of new security considerations like: Limiting device administrative controls, filtering web content, antivirus/antimalware, and ensuring secure web conferencing. PDS can help you keep your assets and information protected.

 

Ongoing Support
Today’s educational institutions face rapidly increasing support needs as learning has suddenly changed to mostly virtual. Are you equipped to support the needs of your students and instructors?

PDS COVID-19 Response

Our Midwest Configuration Facilities is still fully operational during this time and ready for rapid deployment of technology for our clients. Find more resource here on how PDS is responding to the COVID-19 crisis

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