Provide Household Internet Extenders To All Students Who Need It!

Provide Household Internet Extenders To All Students Who Need It!

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Alejandro Pagan started this petition to William S. Hart Union School District and

Students' household internet connections in the Santa Clarita Valley currently lack reliability and range. Internet extenders would be the best solution for this current issue as they would improve the range and reliability of students' internet connections. Upon this realization, we presented this issue and solution to the technology department chair, Jon Carrino. We were then informed that the Hart District has “restrictions on what can and cannot be done with the funds the District is provided. Therefore [they] are not able to purchase equipment like new routers and wireless extenders that would be used in a student's home. That would be considered a ‘gift of public funds’ because the District is considered a local government agency, and our funding comes from taxpayers” (Carrino). This policy instituted by the District treats providing students with basic improvements to their internet connections like it is a gift, when in reality it is more of a necessity for students to receive strong internet connections. Students are required to finish assigned online work and attend online classes, and therefore deserve a strong internet connection in order to effectively work and learn. Additionally, even beyond the pandemic, students will still need improved internet to conduct school work within their households. The issue of home internet connections lacking in range and reliability will still persist due to students needing to work on their assignments far from their routers. These issues have existed prior to the pandemic, but the pandemic exacerbated these deficiencies and brought to light the shortcomings of internet connectivity in many households, especially for those who are of a lower-income status. This makes extenders a vital internet solution for many students both during and after the pandemic. Please sign this petition if you would like to support this cause for improved students’ household internet connections.

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