Important Information on Hotspots

  • Parents who selected they did not have internet access through the annual student online registration process by August 27th will be included in the district's first hotspot deployment. The first hotspot deployment notification have been sent to parents on August 27th through email, call, and text. 

    Please do not contact the district office or school to receive a hotspot.  Schools do not manage or support hotspots.  

    This process is ongoing.  If you have not yet completed online registration, you will need to do so in order to indicate your home internet status. 

    Any changes of internet status will be reviewed within 48 hours. 

Hotspot Qualifications and Pickup

  • Parents indicate when they complete online registration whether or not their child has access to internet for instructional purposes when using a district provided device.  Families who indicate that they do not have internet in their home may qualify to receive a hotspot.

    In order to qualify for a hotspot, you must meet the following 3 indicators:

    • Do not currently have internet services at my home to support the instructional needs of my student;
    • Have a household income equal to or less than 250% of the federal poverty guidelines. (see chart below)
    • Require the hotspot as necessary as a result of the public health emergency caused by COVID-19.

    Notes:

    • Hotspots must be picked up by the parent or legal guardian. Proof of identification will be required.

    • The hotspot device will be monitored to ensure it is utilized for educational purposes only;

    • Hotspot device internet filters are applied outside of school. While this filtering solution is effective, the district cannot guarantee that all access to inappropriate sites will be blocked;
    • It is the parent/guardian responsibility to take precautions to monitor internet usage.
    • Parents/Guardian may be held liable for any damage to or loss of this hotspot device, up to and including paying the $79.99 replacement cost for this device;
    • Upon notice from Dorchester School District Two, parent/guardian must return this device to the school or district office within 48 hours. If the device is not returned to the school or district within 48 hours, the device will be reported to the police as stolen.
    • Only one hotspot may be issued per household.

    Parents who indicated they do not have internet, meet the 3 qualifications noted above and have received an email from the district regarding hotspots may pick up during the following dates and times:

    Monday - Friday

    8:30 am - 12:00 pm and again 1:00pm - 4:30pm

    Location Pick-Up

    All hotspots will be picked-up from the following location:

    1325 Boone Hill Road, Summerville, SC 29483, Suite E Technology Center

     

    This is a drive through process. Please do not park or exit your vehicle.

    Vehicles will enter the pickup line which will be clearly identified upon arrival.

    Please have your picture identification in order to receive the hotspot.

     

How to Set up the HotSpot

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2020 Federal Poverty Guidelines

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    Number of People

    Living in the House

    Total Annual Gross Income combined for all household members must be no more than 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Use the chart to determine if you qualify.

     

    1

               31,900

    2

               43,100

    3

               54,300

    4

               65,500

    5

               76,700

    6

               87,900

    7

               99,100

    8

             110,300

    9

             121,500

    10

             132,700