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Posted: May 19, 2020

Chromebooks, Internet Access Available for Summer Learning

APS wants all of its students to have access to technology so they can succeed at distance learning.

Just as Albuquerque Public Schools is still operating under its Continuous Learning Plan. In support of CLP and summer school, more than 10,000 Chromebooks have been checked out to families that didn’t have a computer at home. 

APS is continuing to work with several partners on making sure students have access to the internet so they can check in regularly with their teachers and access content as they continue learning at home.

Also, the district has enough Chromebooks left to check out a second to families with more than one student learning at home. 

Chromebooks

Families with more than one APS student learning at home may now check out a laptop computer from APS Technology at its distribution center at Building O, 930 Oak St. SE, near Milne Stadium (follow the banners). Chromebooks will be checked out from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through May 29

Families also may check out Chromebooks from the distribution center if they but missed the distribution at their school or if they have an APS-issued Chromebook that isn't working.

Map to Building O, 930 Oak St. SE

 

Internet Access

APS is using operational funds to cover internet costs for families in need. Schools will be reaching out to families that have indicated they need assistance. Families also may contact their child’s school if they need help accessing the internet. The deadline to sign up for Comcast sponsored by APS has been extended to June 30. Please contact your school for a code before May 29.  

With APS’ partnerships with the City of Albuquerque, Comcast, and T-Mobile, all APS families should be able to get internet access to continue their learning.

Comcast Provides Free Internet for Low-Income Families

APS is helping get the word out about Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, which provides inexpensive internet for low-income families who do not have internet access. New customers get the first two months free. For complete details sign up online or call 1-855-846-8376. Spanish-only speakers can call 1-855-765-6995.

For families that can’t afford Internet Essentials at their home, APS will sponsor the cost of six months of Comcast Internet Essentials service. For families in remote areas that don’t have access to Comcast services, APS will work with them on getting hot spots powered by T-Mobile, again at no cost to the families.

Xfinity Wifi Hotspots

Comcast has also made all Xfinity WiFi hotspots at businesses available for free; the public can visit a map to find their closest Comcast-sponsored hotspot.

CABQ Wifi on Wheels

APS also is working with the City of Albuquerque to provide drive-up mobile WiFi units at a number of APS schools and other public locations throughout the summer. Users can drive up to within 100 feet of the mobile units and stay in their cars to promote social distancing while accessing a free WiFi connection. The City of Albuquerque has posted a map of the free public WiFi access points.