PSD brings Wi-Fi to students currently without internet services

As students and educators across the country settle into remote learning, internet access has become more important than ever.

That’s what prompted PSD’s IT and Operations departments to think outside the box about how the district might be able to provide this critical access to students across PSD. During the first week of remote learning, the district unveiled a van equipped with a type of wireless hot spot that can be driven to neighborhoods in need, so students can connect to the internet and download their schoolwork.

A truck set up with an Internet hot spot.

This mobile hot spot’s first stop was Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park, where more than 70 PSD students live. Many of them do not have internet access in their own homes, either because internet options are non-existent or limited in their area or because of cost barriers.

In addition to Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park, four additional PSD vans equipped with hot spots are serving students in these communities:

  • Cloverleaf Community
  • Harmony Village
  • Timberridge - North
  • Timberridge - South
A man gets the truck with Internet ready to go out to mobile home parks.

Teachers are sensitive to the fact that not all PSD students have access to internet and are taking that into consideration, as they develop their remote teaching practices and lessons.

“This is a critical need and we must work to solve connectivity to allow students to have access to remote learning,” said Scott Nielsen, PSD’s assistant superintendent of secondary schools. “As a community, this is a problem that must be solved.”

While the district is working fast and furious on solutions, it is yet to be seen whether PSD will ultimately be able to provide internet for every student who does not have it. In the meantime, PSD has information about free and reduced-cost connectivity options on its Internet Access web page. 

Additionally, community members can donate to support PSD's efforts to connect students in need with internet access for remote education, as well as for meal distribution.