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Blog // Connect Ohio

Available Wi-Fi Keeps Meigs County Firefighters Trained and Working

By Amanda Murphy

Many areas of Ohio are still in the midst of the digital divide – and emergency services personnel are no exception.A volunteer fire department in Bashan, Ohio felt the brunt of the divide when firefighters began losing their certification.“Three lost their fire certification because they had no Internet here and the certification had to be completed online,” said Luck McDaniel, a Bashan volunteer firefighter.Though the fire station housed one computer and had dial-up Internet access, McDaniel said the Internet capabilities were “not functional, wouldn’t download and took forever”. He approached the Wireless Internet Service Provider for the...

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Ohio School District Makes Snow Days into Virtual Learning Days

By Amanda Murphy

Making up school calamity days can often be a struggle for school districts. One Ohio school district is piloting an innovative program to ensure students continue their education from home while the district shortens their number of calamity days.Mississinawa Valley Local School District in Darke County has been granted a waiver from the Ohio Department of Education to provide education online during two calamity days, after their state-issued three are used. “Mississinawa Schools approached us with a complete proposal. They compiled all of the research and knew how many of their students had access to Internet in their homes,” said...

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