Internet Access for Students

  • If your family lacks reliable access to the internet, please review the resources below to get your student connected to the internet.

    Comcast Internet Essentials

    NTPS is a Partner in Education (PIE) with Comcast who provides low cost internet for qualifying families as a long-term connectivity solution.   Please visit www.internetessentials.com for more information about this program.  Internet Essentials en español

    Free Community Internet

    In response to the pandemic, our PIE partner Comcast has made connecting to thousands of their hotspots free for our community.  Please visit this website for more information on how to find and connect to a free hotspot.

    NTPS Community Wi-Fi Coverage

    NTPS has several schools set up as community Wi-Fi hotspots to connect to from outside the building. Currently, they are available at Salish Middle School, North Thurston High School, Pleasant Glade Elementary, Lacey Elementary, and Lydia Hawk Elementary. Your student's Chromebook will automatically connect to the Wi-Fi when in range of these access points. Please use the access maps in the menu on this page for an idea of the best place to connect.

    NTPS Internet Hotspots

    The district has hotspots to cover students who lack internet and are unable to use other community connectivity resources.  These devices are limited to 500 Mb of data per day and have many streaming and media heavy websites blocked to preserve data for homework.  The devices run off the Verizon network and require cell service in your location to function.  A hotspot can be requested through your students’ school.

    OSPI CARES Act Internet Connectivity

    The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction recently announced a new program to connect 60,000 students to the internet to support distance learning.  Learn more about this program >>