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Salamanca School District provides internet access to all students during shutdown

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Posted at 11:07 AM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 11:07:22-04

SALAMANCA, N.Y. (WKBW) — To help increase access to school resources online, the Salamanca City Central School District provided wireless routers to remote family homes without a cable run.

Salamanca students without internet at home previously used libraries and community centers to use the internet, but because of the pandemic they can no longer do that.

“These 4 x 3-inch Kajeet hubs create an instant Internet hotspot in family homes,” said Rob Miller, Salamanca’s director of technology. “Each device attaches itself to the Verizon network and has automatic filters and settings that we can keep or customize for how they are used for academic purposes.”

Each Kajeet, however, is limited by the location and topographic setting of area cellphone towers.

But district officials said they are committed to helping families with school age children secure internet service.

To that end, Salamanca school also deployed school buses in several locations across Salamanca, allowing families to park near them and use the Wi-Fi.

City locations include: Fenton Insurance Agency; Salamanca High School parking lot; Allegany Community Center; Prospect Elementary; Steamburg Community Center; and Indian Park on RC Hoag Drive.

Families of SCCSD students who do not have internet should send an email to helpdesk@salamancany.org or call (716) 945-2400 extension 6556 for IT assistance and support.