K–12 Internet Access Program Allows More Students to Learn from Home

08 Oct 2020

A program, offered through the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction allows students from low-income families to connect to their learning online from home at no cost to them.

OLYMPIA — October 1, 2020 — In mid-August, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced a new program to connect students to their online learning from home.

OSPI will cover the costs of internet connectivity for eligible students for the remainder of the 2020–21 school year.

This week, OSPI finalized contracts with three internet service providers — Ziply, Presidio, and Comcast — to provide the service to up to 60,000 students and their families through the end of the 2020–21 school year at no cost to the family. The program is reserved for students who are low-income and did not have internet access before August 2020.

To participate in the program, potentially eligible families should receive information, including a promo/offer code from a provider, from their local school district. Families may also contact their district to request information. OSPI is compiling a list with a contact person for this program at each district.

Families will sign up with the provider, install the equipment, and then be able to connect to remote learning.

For more information visit the OSPI's website: https://www.k12.wa.us/about-ospi/press-releases/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-resources/k%E2%80%9312-internet-access-program

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