Free Internet Access for Qualifying High School Students

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 10:01am

While Flagler Schools is a 1:1 district, in which each student in grades 4 through 12 has access to either a MacBook or iPad for home and school use, the district recognizes not everyone has reliable internet access while at home. That is why we have partnered with Sprint’s 1Million Project Foundation to provide that access.

Here in the United States, there are more than five million families with school-aged children who do not have home internet access. This means that millions of students do not have the connectivity needed to have an equal opportunity at success. The 1Million Project Foundation, launched in August 2017 has the mission to help one million high school students achieve their full potential by ensuring they have the connectivity they need to succeed in school.

Flagler Schools is one of the districts participating during the second year of the program. By the end of the 2018-19 school year, more than 268,000 students at over 1,750 high schools in 34 states will receive internet access and devices.

Each participating student participating will receive a free hotspot device and 3GB of high-speed LTE data per month for up to four years while they are in high school. Unlimited data is available at 265 kbps speeds if usage exceeds 3GB in a month. Every device has a Free Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) compliant content filter to block adult content and malware.

The student must be enrolled at either Flagler Palm Coast High School or Matanzas High School, qualify for the federal free/reduced lunch program, and not have a reliable internet connection at home. A number of students have already been identified and are enrolled in this program, but there are many more devices available.

If your student qualifies, they can complete a Google Form at fcsb.link/sprint to begin the process.