FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Educational Television has partnered with the Kentucky Department of Education to launch a pilot project that aims to give stronger support to at home learners without internet access, officials said.

KET plans to use datacasting technology to send learning materials through its existing broadcast network to small receiver boxes in homes, the station said in a statement. It has previously used the technology to send emergency information and weather updates.

The initiative is set to begin in January. Participants will be provided with a receiver box and antenna, and teachers will be trained on how to upload curriculum into the system.

Officials said the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need to improve how instructional materials are sent to the homes of students during prolonged school closures.