Albemarle County Public Schools and the Department of Technology work to promote Digital Equity for all ACPS students. We are committed to partnering with the ACPS community to provide students access to safe, appropriate learning experiences and resources supported by technology and essential to their success. As a part of our commitment, we established the ACPS@Home project to provide internet access to students outside of schools in 2019 in these ways:
- Comcast’s Internet Essentials program offers eligible Albemarle County students and residents access to wired broadband internet with speeds of 50 Mbps download, 5 Mbps upload and a wireless router. ACPS families interested in being sponsored for Internet Essentials should contact their child’s school.
- Through our partnership with Kajeet, ACPS@Home can provide students with a cellular mobile hotspot from one of four cellular providers (AT&T, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon). These “SmartSpots'' are available to students not eligible for Comcast’s Internet Essentials and who live in an area serviced by those providers. ACPS families interested in a Kajeet SmartSpot should contact their child’s school.
Through the ACPS@Home project, the school district:
- Partners with Albemarle County’s Broadband Accessibility and Affordability Office (BAAO) to support their work expanding broadband throughout the county;
- Serves as the financial sponsor for providing broadband service to students in areas where it is available from the partner ISP;
- Issues cellular mobile hotspots to students;
- Has established a dedicated digital equity position, the Manager for Digital Equity and Learning, within the Department of Technology.
For questions about the ACPS@Home project, please contact Bert Jacoby, Manager for Digital Equity and Learning.
- ACPS@Home Deployment Requests (Requires login)
- Comcast Internet Essentials Flyer (English & Spanish)
- Kajeet Welcome Letter (English & Spanish)
- Accessing your Kajeet Smartspot V400/O55 Wi-Fi Name and Password (video)