Edmonds School District works to bridge the digital divide

A recent survey by the Edmonds School District found that only 86 percent of homes have a computer with Internet access for students to use. That equates to more than 2,000 households without the technology that can be vital for learning. It’s a number district officials find unacceptable.

To help close the gap, the district is teaming up with the Edmonds Public Schools Foundation to secure free or low-cost computers and Internet for homes that don’t have them.

“Technology is and can be a great learning tool,” Superintendent Nick Brossoit said. “The Edmonds School District and the Edmonds Public Schools Foundation is dedicated to making education accessible to all students regardless of economic or technological barriers.”

To see if your family qualifies, visit InternetEssentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376. More information about the program will be sent to families who expressed interest during the survey.

A report on the survey and the foundation’s role will be given at the Sept. 25 school board meeting.

Detailed results can be found on the district’s website.

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