GEER Devices

Frequently-Asked Questions

Q: What are the upcoming dates for this process?

  • November 12, 2020: Confirmation email messages of funded order and reimbursement requests were sent
  • November 16, 2020: Decisions needed for orders which exceed subsidy limits
  • November 19, 2020: Begin releasing order requests to device suppliers
  • November 30, 2020: Forms open for subsidy group 3 and exempt/home school needs
  • December 7, 2020: Begin releasing payments for funded reimbursement requests
  • December 15, 2020: Forms close for subsidy group 3 and exempt/home school needs

Q: What are subsidy groups and in which one is my district?

A: The priority and availability of funds depends on your district’s responses to the Digital Learning Profile and Plan in July, 2020. You may view a list of districts and groups here.

Group 1: Your district responded to the Digital Learning Profile and Plan and indicated a quantity of devices were needed. Subsidy funds are allocated for these needs (up to the quantity needed on the original response) and are in the process of being filled.

Group 2: Your district responded to the Digital Learning Profile and Plan and indicated zero (0) devices were needed. Subsidy funds were not allocated for these requests.

Group 3: Your district did not respond to the Digital Learning Profile and Plan. Subsidy funds were not allocated originally. Needs and requests will be accepted via online form November 30 – December 15, 2020, and evaluated upon the close of that collection process. Requests will only be accepted for new purchases of devices through the GEER device purchasing process. Reimbursements for previous purchases or purchases made outside of this process will not be funded in this group.

Q: Which devices are available for purchase through this process?

A: You may view the current list of devices here.

Q: On the original survey, I indicated zero or too few devices needed. May I increase the number of devices originally requested?

A: After evaluating the needs and requests in comparison to the available funding, we are not able to increase the numbers of devices funded.

Background

The Governor’s Education Emergency Relief (GEER) fund of the CARES Act is targeted to provide support for students in Nebraska (public and nonpublic).

  • Addressing the digital divide and related issues to support remote learning for students in K-12 schools
  • Focus on providing equitable access to technology for all students and improving parity in access to all schools
  • Can include hardware purchases for use of school students and improving access to reliable, high-speed internet for students

Governor Ricketts has allocated $12.5 million from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund toward the purchase of student computing devices for our state’s K-12 public and non-public schools and districts. Schools and districts were encouraged to participate in the Nebraska Department of Education’s Digital Learning Profile and Plan, which closed in July.  Based on the data from this profile, 29,524 devices are needed to fulfill one-to-one device availability for students.

Vision

The purpose of this device plan is to promote equitable opportunities for achievement and advancement of all students statewide by providing highly useful computing devices in concert with all elements of the Hierarchy of Digital Learning Needs.