Edmonds School District working to secure low-cost computers, Internet for students without access

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Fourteen percent of Edmonds School District families who responded to a district survey in August reported that their students don’t have home access to a computer for schoolwork. The number is even higher for Spanish-speaking families, with 45 percent reporting no home computers for their students.

To assist these families, the district reported in its weekly newsletter that it is working with the Edmonds Public Schools Foundation to help secure low-cost computers and Internet access. Through a program with Comcast, the Foundation will offer an Internet Essentials package for $9.95 a month plus tax to families who qualify for free and reduced school lunch.

District families interested in learning if they are eligible should visit InternetEssentials.com or call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376).  More information about free computer use will be made available in October.

A total of 4,812 families out of 13,261 called participated in the survey, for a 36.29 percent  total response rate. Details about these programs will be sent to over 2,000 District families who through the survey expressed interest in low-cost or free computers for student learning at home.

A report on the survey and the Foundation’s role in this initiative will be given at the Sept. 25 School Board meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. You can also see more survey results here.

3 COMMENTS

  1. The students from VOICE (life skills for young adults with disabilities) recently partnered with the EPSF to rebuild computers which were retired from the school district – to be distributed to families in need. Is this one in the same program?

  2. I was solicited by Comcast to help get the word out in our district on a volunteer basis. From what I understood, if you choose to purchase a laptop once accepted into this program, the cost is $100 but the value and quality was vague in the material I received. What I didn’t particularly like about the program is that one is disqualified if they have had Comcast internet service within the previous past 6 month period, regardless if they meet the free/reduced meal stipulation. That will leave many low income students out and I wish that was not the case.

  3. Hi, I’ve got a MacMini and monitor that are in excellent condition that I’d like to give to the school so that one of the kids can have it for home use. Do you know who I would contact?
    Thank you,
    Ted

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