Schools will be responsible for providing their students with devices. During the first weeks of August, schools will reach out to families to find out what their child's technology needs are. If you don't hear from your school by August 19, call the school's main line to let them know your child needs a device and/or access to the internet.
When you leave a message, please speak slowly and provide the following information:
- Your child's first and last name; spell the name slowly.
- Your child's student ID number, if you know it.
- Your phone number.
- Your email.
- Your child's home address.
If your child already has a device from MPS or has their own tablet or laptop they would prefer using, families just need to make sure to install Google Chrome and that the device has video and camera capabilities. Students in different grades get different devices from MPS:
- Grades PreK to 2- iPads (tablet)
- Grades 3 to 12- Chromebooks (laptop): Students entering 3rd grade this year will need to trade in their iPad for a Chromebook.
- Some older students receiving Special Education services might need an iPad instead of a Chromebook. Families should contact their student's case manager for more information.
MPS will continue to provide hotspots for those students who need them most. However, families should be aware that hotspot signals can drop out for a variety of reasons. High-speed internet access from a service provider will have the best connectivity.
Visit the city of Minneapolis wireless page to learn about free and low-cost internet access. Families who qualify for public assistance programs can get internet access for as low as $10/month.
Families with students receiving Special Education services who have specific technology needs should work with their IEP team or case manager to get the assistive technology and adaptive devices they need.