K-12 Connect Program Provides Free Internet Service to Eligible Families

Dear Families,

I want to make you aware of the K-12 Connect program, which provides free internet service to eligible K-12 students in their homes for the 2020-21 school year.  As you know, because of COVID-19, our District has utilized distance learning and we know that some students may struggle because of a lack of internet connectivity.

Your household is eligible for this program if you meet the following requirements:

·         Must have at least one student currently enrolled in an accredited South Dakota K-12 school; and

·         Must meet the income eligibility guidelines for the free and reduced school lunch program; and

·         Must not have internet services in the home as of July 1, 2020

Eligible households should receive a letter indicating eligibility and identifying the appropriate telecommunications company to call in order to access free internet service through this program. Letters were mailed on Monday, October 26, 2020.

Enrollment closes on Friday, November 20, 2020.  To enroll, families should call the telecommunications company noted in their letter to set up service.  That company will install the necessary equipment on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Installation will occur as time and available equipment allow.  Eligible students who live in more than one home will be provided connectivity at their primary residence.

Internet service will be provided through June 30, 2021.  After that time, the household must return equipment to the internet provider or continue services at the household’s expense.

If you do not receive a letter, but believe your household is eligible, please call (605) 773-3248 or email k12connect@state.sd.us.

For more information, please click on the link to a one-page K-12 Connect flyer https://5il.co/mj7w or visit k12connect.sd.gov.

Sincerely,

Brian Field, Superintendent

Beresford School District