Connecting MASD Devices to a Network:
Attached HERE are directions for connecting a District owned device to a wireless network.
Continuity of Education Device Lending Agreement:
Attached HERE is the waiver form that will be required prior to providing a device to a family. It is requested that parents print and sign this form ahead of time and bring it in on their designated day of distribution. By doing so, it will expedite the process.
Limited helpdesk services will be provided for school owned devices only. The contact email is MASDHelpDesk at mckasd.net. Families that receive a device are directed to send any help requests to this email account. Responses may take up to 1 business day.
Guest WiFi Access:
We have extended our guest WiFi coverage to be accessible from certain areas around the perimeter of our buildings. Pictures showing WiFi hotspots are as follows:
The information pubic users will need is: Wireless Network Name: MASD_Guest. There is no password.
Users will have to accept the disclaimer to proceed. Please note that certain Apple devices may experience problems connecting when using Safari. Google Chrome is recommended. Helpdesk support is not available for those trying to connect devices to the guest wifi.
Comcast Internet Offer:
Comcast is taking steps to help connect low-income families to the internet at home. Please click the link for more information!
Desktop Computer Collaboration:
The Education Partnership and Computer Reach are collaborating to give families in need a free desktop computer. Desktop computers are being given to families that may not have one so that students can continue to be successful in their education.
An adult family member of your student(s) must fill out the Google Form in order to receive the computer (IDs will be required at desktop takeout location at Computer Reach located at 1 DRV Drive, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221). Supplies are limited.
Turn Your Phone Into a WiFi Hotspot:
Many smart phones can be turned into a "hotspot" for use by other devices. Depending on your provider and plan, this may be either free or a small additional charge to your service. If you are unsure about your plan, contact your provider for details. If you know that your plan provides for hotspot use, this article by PCMagazine, How To Turn Your Phone Into a Wi-Fi Hotspot should help.
USAC (a funding branch of the FCC) offers a program called Lifeline which provides discounts to qualified families on their home Internet service. To find out more about this program, visit www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/lifeline-support-affordable-communications.
Verizon offers Verizon Lifeline plans for home phone service or broadband (internet) service. The broadband discount is limited to Fios internet service at a speed of 18 megabits per second or above. If you qualify for the Lifeline discount service, you are eligible to receive a reduced rate on your Verizon monthly bill. To sign up for this service, please read the attached PDF (English | Spanish) or visit their website at www.verizon.com/support/residential/account/manage-account/lifeline-discount.
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