Digital Divide Support
SHRINKING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
The School District of Palm Beach County, along with business partners, local governments, and community-based organizations, will collaborate to develop partnerships and solutions to shrink the digital divide. This collaboration will provide computers and Internet access for students and families, and thereby opportunities for education, literacy, and communication that would otherwise not be available.
The SDPBC “Shrinking the Digital Divide” initiative started in 2005 with the goal of developing project-based learning programs to refurbish and then distribute computers no longer utilized by the District into the community. One of the key goals is to provide access to educational opportunities and communication tools provided by the District to students and families beyond the school day.
Comcast Internet Essentials
Individual students and families who are seeking a low-cost solution would do well to check out the Comcast Low-Cost Internet and Computer program. Students who qualify for National free or reduced lunch will qualify for the program as outlined below. Visit this website for more information: www.internetessentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376
Click on the link or image above to learn more about Comcast's Internet Essentials program. Eligible families get home Internet service for only $9.95 per month and can purchase a computer for a low price of just $149.99 + tax. Free classes and online tutorials are also available with this program.
NEW -- Low-Income Senior Affordable Home Internet Service for Palm Beach County
As part of a pilot program by Comcast Internet Essentials that is available ONLY to Palm Beach County residents, eligible seniors can access affordable Internet at home ($9.95+tax/month) and receive free computer and Internet training classes from Comcast’s community partners. Once approved for Internet Essentials, seniors can also buy a desktop or laptop computer for $149.99 (+tax). The computer includes Microsoft Office, Norton™ Security Suite, and comes with a 90-day warranty. The service has no term contract, no credit check, no installation fee, a speed of 10Mbps, and a WiFi router included.
For more information on the low-income senior program click on the links below:
NEW -- Coming April 22 Access from AT&T
The Access program from AT&T will provide a low-cost option ($10+tax/month) for home Internet access to low-income households. To be eligible, at least one person in your household must be a participant in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Other eligibility requirements also apply.
For more information, go to: https://www.att.com/shop/internet/access-from-att.html
Parent & Student Internet Safety Documents
Student and Family Computer Donations
Individuals who would like to be considered to receive a non-modern refurbished computer must submit (fax or mail) the completed form below to the Department of Educational Technology. FAX: 494-8392 (Attn: Lee Kolbert)
PBSD 2321 - Student and Family Donation Agreement
(Click on link above)
As part of the process, parents must agree to training in order to receive a "Shrinking the Digital Divide" project computer. Training will focus on instructional applications and basic computer usage.
Computer Distribution Process
NOTE: Individuals submitting completed applications will be processed on a first-come first-served basis and will be contacted in a timely manner. Applications not complete will not be processed. Level of capability depends on the unit's hardware specifications. All central processing units donated to the public were re-initialized (low-level initialization) and have a clean operating system installed. Recipient is not entitled to any softwareupFORMSgrades. Hardware and installed software is provided "AS IS" and the School District of Palm Beach County is not responsible for any faults found within.
Computer Donation Forms
The computer donation forms below are to be completed and returned to school-based "Shrinking the Digital Divide" project coordinators. Refurbished computers are very limited in number and eligibility is at the discretion of the school-based and/or District digital divide coordinator.
"Shrinking the Digital Divide" Project Video