Student Internet Options
Student access to the internet will be vital to successful distance learning.
There are many ways that can be accomplished.
If a family does not have home internet service, local areas in the area are available. Schools will have designated wi-fi zones, many local businesses have wi-fi. Maps of those are available on the school website.
If your family has signed up for Free or Reduced lunch, other resources are available.
Families can sign up at https://www.myschoolapps.com
You may qualify. Here are the benchmarks. Refer to the website above for most current information.
- 2 people live in your house with a combined income of less than $32,227/year
- 3 people live in your house with a combined income of less than $40,626/year
- 4 people live in your house with a combined income of less than $49,025/year
- 5 people live in your house with a combined income of less than $57,424/year
- 6 people live in your house with a combined income of less than $65,823/year
- 7 people live in your house with a combined income of less than $74,222/year
- 8 or more people live in your house with a combined income of less than $82,621/year
Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
The $3.2B Emergency Broadband Benefit program provides a discount of up to a $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for qualifying households on qualifying Tribal lands. The benefit also provides up to a $100 per household discount toward a one-time purchase of a computer, laptop, or tablet if the household contributes more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase through a participating broadband provider.
A household is eligible if one member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:
- Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid or the FCC’s Lifeline program;
- Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
- Experienced a substantial loss of income through job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020
- and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
Emergency Broadband Benefit enrollment will begin (opened) on May 12, 2021. Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail-in application. Additional information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit is available at www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit, or by calling 833-511-0311 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. any day of the week
Cox or AT&T.
Other ways to qualify for Cox’s program, families with K-12 children who are eligible for the National School Lunch Program, Head Start, SNAP, WIC, LIHEAP, and/or TANF; who receive Tenant-Based Vouchers, Project-Based Vouchers or Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA); and/or who live in Public Housing.
Information for AT&T’s program can be found at https://www.att.com/internet/access/
If you are in a situation where you are in need and do not have a home or are in a special situation and need special assistance, please contact your school principal for other options.