NTPS & OSPI K-12 Internet Access Program
The OSPI K–12 Internet Access Program connects students in need of internet at home to providers with no cost to the student or their family. See more info on OSPI's website >>
Through the program, students whose families are low-income and are not currently connected to the internet can get connected through the end of the 2020–21 school year for free.
Through the CARES Act, Congress provided funds to local school districts and state education agencies to provide support in covering emergency COVID-19 costs. OSPI has entered into agreements with Comcast and Presidio in Thurston County to provide connectivity for students and families to access their online coursework.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible for the program, students and their families must:
- Not have had internet connectivity in the home prior to August 2020.
- Be able to show they are low-income and eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
How do I apply?
If you believe your family is eligible, please contact your school’s office to request your voucher code.
- With your voucher code, call the internet provider and give them the code.
- You'll receive equipment and installation support from your internet provider to get you connected and have access to distance learning.
What if I'm not eligible but my student still lacks internet connectivity?
If your family is not eligible for the OSPI program but is still lacking internet connectivity, you have other options. Please see NTPS provided connectivity resources: https://www.nthurston.k12.wa.us/internetaccess >>
Other Frequently Asked Questions
I already have a hot spot from NTPS, should I apply for this program?
Who are the OSPI approved internet providers in North Thurston Public Schools?
How long will this program last?
How will I know if my family is eligible?
What if my family has outstanding debt with the service provider assigned to my school district?
How much will the program cost?
Will the internet service providers be able to increase the price or add more services to my plan?
What information will be collected from me?
What internet speeds will be provided to households?