• SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians tribal board of directors has approved a one-time reimbursement program (up to $1,000 per student) to help K-12 students enrolled in a virtual or hybrid education program. Applicants must provide justification for how the technology-related purchase is needed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is open to any Sault Tribe K-12 student residing in the tribe’s seven-county service area who has been enrolled in a virtual or hybrid education program for the 2020-2021 school year. Parents (or guardians) must provide proof that the student was enrolled in a virtual or hybrid education program prior to Sept. 8, 2020. 

    Applicants must provide the following information by Oct. 30 to qualify:
     —Completed K-12 technology enhancement application 
     —Copy of student’s tribal card
     —Parent/Legal Guardian IRS W-9 form
     —Proof of current enrollment in a virtual or hybrid education program  
     —Receipt for purchased item (with proof of purchase between March 1 and Oct. 30, 2020) 

    Applications can be found at www.saulttribe.com under the Education tab. 

    Reimbursement will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis for allowable expenses only. The Sault Tribe will have full discretion to approve or deny reimbursements on an item-by-item basis. No reimbursements will be allowed for personal items such as cell phones, cell phone bills, in home internet bills, televisions, gaming consoles/accessories, etc. Please see the list of allowable expenses below:
     —Computers (laptops/desktops/chrome books) 
     —Computer accessories (chargers, keyboards, mice, webcams, external hard drives, etc.)
     —iPad/tablets or accessories (chargers, cases, headphones, screen protectors etc.)
     —Technology-related software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Pro, etc.)
     —Printers, printer ink, scanners 
     —Online coursework subscriptions, e-textbooks (hard copy text books excluded)
     —Wi-Fi routers, internet modems, wi-fi signal boosters  

    All applications and applicable documents must be submitted to the Sault Tribe Education Dept. no later than Oct. 30, 2020 by 5 p.m. Reimbursement checks will be mailed to qualified applicants early December. Please call or email with eligibility questions:   
     Sault Tribe Education Division
     Attn: Cody Jodoin
     2 Ice Circle, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 
     Email - cjodoin@saulttribe.net
     Phone - 906‑635‑7010

    APPLICATION K-12 Technology Enhancement Reimbursement

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    If you do not have internet at home and your student is on Virtual Blue, please contact Amy Scott-Kronemeyer to see about hotspot access for their device..

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