thumbnail largeBUNKER HILL – As remote learning becomes the norm for the foreseeable future, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) is encouraging remote learners and educators to use the state’s new drive-up Wi-Fi hotspot map to find free wireless internet locations.

“A high-quality remote learning experience demands reliable internet access for every student,” Manar said. “While teachers statewide conduct full digital lessons, there are students who have yet to begin e-learning since their schools closed because they don’t have internet access. This map will help support those families while we work toward permanent solutions to this and other digital inequities brought to light by COVID-19.”

Designed to assist students at every level who don’t have consistent internet access in their homes, the interactive map provides drive-up Wi-Fi locations throughout the state and specific log-in instructions for visitors. Students and their parents or guardians should continue to practice social distancing by remaining in their cars while using the hotspots.

As of May 8, the Wi-Fi map has 380 hotspots students can use to complete coursework.

Manar has championed legislation to help ensure rural classrooms have access to internet access and resources for tech and digital learning, but says the ability to connect to the internet is now more important than ever, especially for young children in rural areas who may be experiencing social isolation.

“Connectivity is vital for continued learning, and as a parent, I know that being able to interact with teachers and peers through digital video conferencing platforms can lift a student’s spirits as they navigate this period of social distancing,” Manar said.

To find a hotspot near you, click here.

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