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Technology for Students in Need

 

Computers and internet access are necessary resources for students to access class material and online tools. All students in grades 6 through 12 will receive a laptop for checkout from their school. Families who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch are eligible for a free surplus computer and/or internet access for the home.  More information about the Free and Reduced Lunch program can be found here, or check with your school office staff.  

Desktop computers and laptops

ISD computers that are ready for surplus are made available free of charge to families receiving free and reduced lunch services. If your household qualifies for free and/or reduced lunch, and you would like to be considered for a free computer, complete the form below, write the name of your school counselor on the "Name of Staff Member Requesting Computer" line, and return to your school counseling office.

Surplus Computer Request Form (select the link with your preferred language)
Chinese  |  Japanese  |  Korean  |  English  |  Russian  |  Spanish  |  Ukrainian  |  Vietnamese

Surplus computers may have Windows 7 which will need to be updated to Windows 10. Families may upgrade the computer to Windows 10 free of charge. For more information, click here.

PCs for People is an external organization that provides technology for families in need. 

Internet access

There are a few options for internet connectivity at home for students based on financial need. 

Students who are experiencing Homelessness through the McKinney Vento Act may be provided with an ISD-issued Hot Spot. Families will be asked to complete a form, below are links to the form. If you need additional assistance or a printed copy, reach out to your school counselor

Hot Spot Checkout form (select the link with your preferred language)
Chinese  |  Japanese  |  Korean  |  English  |  Russian  |  Spanish  |  Ukrainian  |  Vietnamese

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a U.S. government program that provides discounted internet connectivity to help low-income households pay for internet service and connected devices like a laptop or tablets. Click here to find more information about eligibility and how to apply. Once the online application is complete it takes up to 12 - 48 hours for approval. You will need to provide the following information to apply: 

  • Name and date of birth 
  • Identification from one of the following: Social Security Number (last four digits), Tribal ID Number, Driver’s License/Passport, Military ID, or other government ID 
  • Home Address 
  • Email address 
  • Phone (optional) 
  • Preferred language for communication (English or Spanish)

Families who currently receive a Lifeline benefit, automatically qualify for the ACP, and can receive both benefits at the same time. Talk to your internet company to learn how to start receiving ACP discounts.

Comcast Internet Essentials 

Fixed wireless through PCs for People provides a service for low-income families.