The school board has approved for the high school students in need of internet at home to receive for free one of the two services provided – Mediacom or T-Mobile. Students can go to the media specialist in their building and request a Wireless@Home (W@H) application to take home for the parent or guardian to fill out. All their information has to match in our student information system before CPS can approve the W@H application. If everything matches then CPS figure out which service area they are in and send home a parent letter with the students to explain the next steps.
If Mediacom is the provider, Janet Rowland gives the parent information to the CPS Mediacom representative to call the parent to set up an appointment for install.
If T-Mobile is the provider, Janet Rowland orders the hotspot. CPS configures it to the students laptop and send it to the media specialist at their school to help them connect.
For all other grades in the CPS district that are in the Mediacom service area, please see the above flyer for the Mediacom Connect2Compete Program that they offer. That is done online through the Mediacom website. It is not free, but it is discounted to $9.95 per month.
There is no option available for the non-Mediacom area.
CPS turns off the service for the summer months, unless the student goes to summer school; if this is the case, the service is turned off when summer school is out. The service is turned back on in August when the student returns to school and receives a laptop. We do not set up any new service after May 1st.