IUSD has invested in building out a robust wireless network at our schools and have even extended wireless coverage to our childcare centers run through ICCP. Our annual technology survey showed that 98% of students that responded have access to high-speed internet at home. For those families that don't have access at home, we wanted to share a few resources that could help provide affordable options to help families connect.
High Speed Home Internet Options
Several local providers offer free or low-cost internet for families who qualify for public assistance. Please see the links below for more information on these programs:
Using Cellular Service for Internet Access for Other Devices
Many cellular plans and providers will allow you to use your cell phone to provide an internet connection for other devices (e.g., a Chromebook). See below for instructions on how to set up a phone as a hotspot/wireless connection.
Additional Options in Response to COVID-19
In the last week, the FCC has put out the Keep Americans Connected Pledge and many companies have signed on to offer assistance to families and schools. In addition to the commitments in the pledge, several telecom companies have made their own commitments ranging from increasing data caps to waiving overages depending on the company. The goal is to help students maintain access to educational resources during this rapid shift to online learning solutions. Contact your wireless provider for specifics, but we've included some links to their resource pages below:
Internet Options through IUSD
IUSD will provide internet access for students who do not have internet access and who require access to participate in schoolwork or emergency distance learning activities. To request assistance with internet access, please complete this Technology Access Request Form.