Technology & Connectivity

The district is dedicated to its goal of providing digital equity and access to all students. To achieve this goal, a three step process was begun.
Step 1: Commitment to 1 to 1 computers for all students
Step 2: Assisting families to identify free and low cost internet providers
Step 3: Providing help and training opportunities for students, parents, guardians and caregivers.


Step 1: Monroe-Woodbury 1 to 1 Computers  2020-2021

icon for 1 to 1 computer distribution

By the end of summer 2020, all Monroe-Woodbury students were provided with an iPad in grades K-1 and a Chromebook in grades 2-12.

Handbooks

Chromebook/iPad Information & Procedures Handbook

Información de Chromebook / iPad y Manual de procedimientos


Step 2: Online Access for all students

NEW! FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program – apply May 12, 2021

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. If your household is eligible, you can receive:

Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals
Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
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.

The FCC has announced that consumers can begin applying for and enrolling in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program on May 12, 2021.

The program will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.

https://getemergencybroadband.org/


Access to free and reduced cost internet providers

These companies are providing free or reduced price internet service during school closure. Some restrictions may apply so read carefully. The district cannot provide assistance with these companies. Families must contact the companies directly.

Estas compañías brindan servicio de internet gratuito o de precio reducido durante el cierre de la escuela. Se pueden aplicar algunas restricciones, así que lea atentamente. El distrito no puede proporcionar asistencia con estas empresas. Las familias deben contactar a las empresas directamente. A continuación, encontrará enlaces web de los proveedores de Internet que ofrecen Internet gratis / de costo reducido para estudiantes de K-12.

Altice USA

https://www.alticeusa.com/news/articles/feature/corporate/altice-usa-brings-free-broadband-k-12-and-college-students-during-coronavirus-pandemic

Comcast

https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/internet-essentials-low-income-broadband-coronavirus-pandemic

Spectrum

https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more

ATT

https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html


Step 3: MWFITT Academy – a resource for help and training on computers for students, parents, guardians and caregivers

MWFITT Academy is designed to help students and families learn to use their new Chromebooks and iPads. It contains video libraries of “how to” assistance as well as links to In-person Online Question and Answer Sessions. Visit: https://www.mw.k12.ny.us/academics/instructional-technology/mwfitt-academy/


The Digital Equity & Access Task Force

Multiple surveys were conducted to determine access to devices and high speed internet. Administrators and teachers confirmed their knowledge of a student’s access to devices and high speed internet.

The district is in the process of distributing 1:1 devices to students; our records will show which students have picked up their devices.

The district is utilizing various options to collect information from the families who currently do not have internet access at home (i.e. families can fill out help desk form, email to the computer department or inform the building administrator).

By the start of the 20-21 school year, the district will have distributed 1:1 devices to all students, and will have provided either a T-Mobile hotspot or login to Optimum WiFi to any students without current access to high speed internet, to be sure all students are participating in learning on an equal basis.

As new students register with the district, they will be issued a 1:1 device. If it is determined they will not have access to high speed internet, they will be issued a T-Mobile hotspot or login to Optimum WiFi, whichever is more appropriate to their situation.