RCSD handing out personal hotspots | WHEC.com

RCSD handing out personal hotspots

Updated: July 09, 2020 05:24 PM
Created: July 09, 2020 04:41 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — In today's world, kids need the internet if they're going to learn from home, but not all children have access. 

So the Rochester City School District is making sure kids have the tools they need to succeed. 

Thursday at Edison Tech, MiFi's, also known as hotspots, were being provided to families with students in the city school district in grades K-12.

The hotspots were provided by the Sprint 1Million project.

The project started in the fall, but as the coronavirus pandemic forced kids to learn from home, the project expanded, making it possible to help all students in need.     

"We estimate a substantial portion of our families, upwards of thousands, might benefit from the resource,” Tim Johnsen, RCSD Director of Learning Management Systems said. “It's always kind of hard to tell who does and doesn't, have internet. But the eligibility criteria from the 1Million Project Foundation includes families with multiple children or unreliable internet, so our priority is to make sure the kids have access to resources that are unimpeded by anything else that may be going on in their household."

Families can reserve a MiFi device online at the Rochester City School District's website.

Those without internet access can call the district's support hotline at 585-262-8700.

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