Connectivity & Devices

Teachers, students and their families can benefit from clear expectations, regular communication and information and resources to support learning in the classroom and at home.

Connectivity Resources

The Connectivity Subcommittee’s intent is to get internet access to every student in their home for the 2020-21 school year. Achieving this goal gives every student an equal opportunity to succeed in a remote or blended-learning environment. The Connectivity Subcommittee recommends that each school district selects internet options that are as efficient and affordable as possible. Usually, this can be best accomplished by contracting with internet providers to leverage bulk purchasing agreements. The Subcommittee understands that this model may not work for every school district and that other local contracting solutions may be adopted. Additionally, the Subcommittee recommends that school districts provide information to parents regarding where to find public Wi-Fi access locations on school premises and/or at community partner locations for those students unable to get internet in their homes. These locations should be shared on the State Department of Education’s Wi-Fi map whenever possible to assist families with finding connectivity. There are multiple ways school districts can determine who is eligible to receive district-supported internet. Example criteria that could be used to determine which students need assistance with connectivity could be economically disadvantaged students, at-risk students, or students who do not have internet service at home on a district-defined date, or any other criteria that the district may choose. The Subcommittee believes districts should do everything possible to ensure that every student is connected to the internet. It also understands there may be cases where this is not possible for whatever reason.

Internet Providers and Their Costs
A list of private internet providers and pricing plans they offer school districts. This list includes the internet provider’s coverage area, the speed of service available, whether their plan includes modem or other costs and provider contact information.

Internet Needs to Support Remote Learning
This document provides information on the level of internet service students need at home or outside of school to access instruction and learn under different scenarios; and provides parents considerations when selecting internet service for students learning at home. (Need an Accessible Version of this document?)

Student Mapping Guide
The Student Mapping Guide helps IT Directors create “maps” of where the students live who do not have internet service. These maps can be provided to internet providers, so they know where they need to connect students.

Community Resource Guide
The Community Resource Guide informs parents, educators, and other stakeholders where internet service is available in their local community should it be necessary to obtain connectivity outside the home.

Device Resources

Procurement and Deployment of Devices
This guide is a comprehensive list of resources to support schools in planning for the school year including recommended minimal technical standards, procuring devices, content filtering, student digital citizenship and more.