LAUSD Students to Receive Free Internet at Home as LAUSD Schools Remain Closed Til May 1

Ameera Butt
March 23, 2020 - 12:06 pm
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LAUSD will be closed until May 1.

Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner initially let parents know in a robocall to parents Monday morning.

He provided an update regarding the closure at 11 a.m. today.

"School closures will extend through May 1st. We’ll continue to listen to State and Local health authorities, and keep the safety of all in our school community in mind as we consider what is best for students," Beutner said in the address.

Los Angeles Unified School District and Verizon announced that they have reached an agreement to provide Internet connectivity for all students who have no Internet connectivity at home. 

He said that standing in the way is a great big digital divide.

"Not all of our students can participate online because they lack needed digital learning devices at home or access to the internet. And not all students, families and educators have been provided with enough training to support online learning."

He continued: "We’ve authorized an emergency investment of $100 million to close this gap and make sure every student, regardless of their circumstances, gets the education they deserve. Los Angeles Unified will provide devices and internet connections for all students, and training for all students, teachers and families. This is an unprecedented commitment, but a necessary one. Many of our families are struggling to make ends meet and cannot afford to do this on their own – but their children deserve the same opportunity those in more affluent communities have. I’m pleased to announce the support of Verizon in this effort. We reached an agreement late last night to provide free wireless internet access for all students in our schools who do not have it."

“From the moment that our two districts announced plans to close to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 global pandemic, our legislative leaders have been there to support our students,” said Los Angeles Unified Austin Beutner and San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten in a joint statement in a press release. “They took bold action to save thousands of jobs by ensuring status quo funding for school systems across the state. Without that action, our economy would be in more trouble than we already face, and thanks to that action, we are able to focus on serving our children.”