Madison Metropolitan School District
When the pandemic struck and schools closed abruptly last March, Madison Metropolitan School District delivered Chromebooks to kids without a computer at home to make sure all 27,000+ Madison public school students could participate in virtual learning.
The pandemic highlighted the crucial role that internet access plays in everyday life and the obstacles people without access experience. Unfortunately, families face many barriers to reliable internet access. These obstacles affect economically disadvantaged students and students of color.
To bridge the access gap, Madison Metropolitan School District reached out to Madison Community Foundation with a request for funding to help purchase WiFi hotspots and data subscriptions for 1,900 families who lacked stable internet access. Madison Community Foundation met the need with the COVID-19 Priority Fund.