Internet AccessIn SchoolAll BISD schools and offices have both networked and wireless access for staff, students and guests conducting school district business. These systems provide Internet access for all classroom activities and school district operations. Staff and students can access the Internet via district-owned devices and through the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. Check with your Teacher-Librarian, Building Technology Support Specialist, or classroom teacher if you have questions about Internet Access for school work.Beyond the School DayBISD wants to ensure that students have access to the Internet to complete their learning assignments both in school and beyond the school day.All BISD schools have outdoor Internet Access in certain locations for BISD staff and students. Talk with your school's Teacher-Librarian, Building Technology Support Specialists or classroom teacher for the outdoor areas at your current school or at your neighborhood school.Free unsecured access locations on Bainbridge Island posted by Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce. Scroll down to "Free Wireless Internet Locations."If you need assistance with Internet Access beyond the school day, please review the following resources and/or contact your school's principal or counselor. Additionally, there are options available for qualifying families experiencing difficulty with internet access at home. Families have the option to speak with someone from the Technology Department regarding available options by filling out and submitting this form.
National School Lunch - Free and Reduced School Meals & Associated Programs
The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in over 100,000 public and non‐profit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provided nutritionally balanced, low‐cost or free lunches to more than 31 million children each school day in 2012. In 1998, Congress expanded the National School Lunch Program to include reimbursement for snacks served to children in afterschool educational and enrichment programs to include children through 18 years of age.
Schools send school meal applications home at the beginning of each school year. However, you may apply for school meals any time during the school year by submitting an application directly to your school or district. You may ask for an application any time during the school year. If you’re earning at or below current Income Eligibility Guidelines, you are encouraged to contact your school or district to fill out a school meal application. Applications are reviewed by local school or district officials before granting free or reduced price benefits. If you receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, all of your children who attend school automatically qualify for free school meals. Participation in other Federal assistance programs, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) also provides automatic eligibility. Please contact your school to determine if you need to fill out an application.
If you are eligible for unemployment compensation, you might also be eligible for free or reduced price school meals. With the cooperation of the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration, we are reaching out to vulnerable households. State Workforce Agency Administratorshave been asked to let households seeking unemployment benefits about the availability of free and reduced price school meals. Please contact your school or district for more information
Qualification for the National School Lunch Program may qualify a student for other assistance such as reduced costs for home Internet Access, reduced costs for advanced placement course fees, and scholarships.
Internet Basics from Century Link
Now, an Internet connection is more affordable than ever with CenturyLink® Internet Basics. And that's great, because it isn't just nice to have anymore. It's a necessity for school, today's job market and staying connected.
To qualify for CenturyLink Internet Basics you must meet all of the following requirements:
- Reside where CenturyLink® offers Internet service
- Have not subscribed to CenturyLink Internet service and are not a current CenturyLink Internet customer
- Do not have an overdue CenturyLink bill or unreturned equipment
- Follow current guidelines for Lifeline/ TAP phone service programs
Internet Essentials from Comcast
Internet Essentials from Comcast offers low-cost Internet service, discounted computer equipment and free digital literacy training to families with at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program. Internet Essentials is available in all areas where Comcast offers Internet service. For additional information about Internet Essentials, including program eligibility criteria, please visit the Internet Essentials website.