Family Resources During Closure

In-Home Learning Guide and Resources for Families

Technology Services is dedicated to supporting families as they navigate In-Home Learning. Whether you are working from a home computer or RSD Chromebook, you will find information on the RSD’s Technology for Student Learning page to support you.

If your student needs assistance obtaining Internet Access:

District Provided HotSpots (WiFi):

If your student would like to access a free hotspot for internet access, please fill out the Home Hot Spot (WiFi) Parent Request form. Dr. Lindsey Dubb at Talley will need the form in order to provide you with the HotSpot - please email him at  lindsey.dubb@rentonschools.us  and he will assist you in getting the completed form to him.

Free Internet

While Renton School District has provided many of our students and families with hotspot internet accessibility, there is still a need by some families for internet service. Some internet service providers are finding a way to fill the gap to help students continue learning at home through the Keep Americans Connected Initiative. The agreement by these companies pledges for the next 60 days to:

not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them.

·       Comcast is offering Internet Essentials as an affordable way for homes who receive public assistance to get online. The plan is available for about $10 per month. In addition, they are increasing speeds for all customers in response to emergency measures associated with the coronavirus, and new customers receive two months free.

o   Or call 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.

·       Charter/Spectrum: Charter Communications is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students at any service level up to 100 Mbps. Installation fees are also waived. This is only for homes that do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription.

·       Mediacom is upgrading its low-cost Connect2Compete internet program and offering 60 days of free service for qualifying families who subscribe before May 15.

·       Suddenlink: New household with K-12 or college students who do not currently have home internet access can get free internet for 60 days.

NOTE: This list of individual agencies is provided as an information resource for your convenience. Renton School District does not recommend or endorse any of the individual agencies provided here. The district will not be held liable or responsible for any services provided by them. Renton School District highly recommends that you conduct your own research and investigation. Use reasonable care before selecting any of these individuals/agencies for services

 

VIDEO RECORDING OPT-OUT

If you wish your child NOT to utilize the video conferencing function, please fill out the form located at https://forms.gle/gtgYkyN4XvEm2X4k7. This form does not opt your student out of participating in video conferencing with a teacher, but it does state that as parent/guardian you want the video function turned OFF during recording.

Community and Financial Resource Links:

If you would like information for resources in our community that can provide assistance with rent, utilities, housing, and food, please visit the Community and Financial Resources Links page. You can also access the RSD Students and Families page for additional resources. Please feel free to contact Ms. Laura James, Talley School Counselor, for any other resources/needs/questions.

Senior Community Service Hours Update:

Renton schools recognizes that the current social distancing requirements due to COVID -19 make it difficult for our students to complete the 20 hours of Community Service required to graduate. If you would like to request a waiver for the required Community Service Hours, please fill out the Request to Waive Community Service form.  All waiver requests are due by May 29th, 2020.