Wi-Fi hot spots available for low-income IRSD families

SELBYVILLE — The Indian River School District has Wi-Fi hot spots available as part of the Connect Delaware program for low-income families who have experienced hardships receiving reliable internet access.

Families can arrange for pickup of the devices by contacting their home schools.

Eligible families must participate in a low-income program to qualify. Qualifying programs include:
• Free/reduced lunch (National School Lunch Program/Head Start).
• Medicaid.
• Public housing.
• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
• Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
• Supplemental Security Income.
• Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
• Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.

Through Jan. 6, approximately 400 hot spots had been distributed to families in need.

The device is portable and may be used outside the home. Its performance is entirely dependent on the cellular signal available in its use area, according to IRSD, which has no control over cellular signal.

Internet hot spots will provide service until Dec. 31. At that time, service will end automatically. Families will not be asked to return the devices or continue service after that time.

There is a limit of one device per household.

Hot spots are available while supplies last on a first-come, first-served basis.