What if a student does not have Internet access on the E-Learning Day?
District 205 has limited numbers of district-issued Wi-Fi hotspots available for family checkout; these are available by contacting the school principal. If students do not have access to the Internet on an E-Learning Day, families should submit an excused absence similar to existing school policies by calling the school attendance line and leaving a message.
If unable to obtain Internet service or a technology device on an E-Learning Day, students will not be penalized in any academic manner; students will be provided the opportunity to make up any missed work or complete alternative assignments when returning to school with accommodations and flexibility provided if needed.
Comcast Internet Essentials
Comcast Internet Essentials Is Free to New Customers: families who live in a Comcast service area may sign-up for Internet Essentials with 60 days of complimentary service (normally available to all qualified households for $9.95/month).
Comcast Xfinity WiFi Is Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country are available to anyone for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.
AT&T is expanding “Access from AT&T,” with low-cost home internet offering to qualifying households. AT&T will continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through our Access from AT&T program. Click here for more information.
Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program) is a temporary federal program that launched on May 12, 2021 to help eligible households pay for internet service during the pandemic. For students whose families are struggling to afford their monthly internet service, this program may be able to help.
If households are eligible, they can receive:
Up to a $50/month discount on broadband service and associated equipment rentals
A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)
Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household. Please click here for more information.