Distance Learning Resources
OSPI K-12 Internet Access Program
The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) launched a new K-12 Internet Access Program to connect students in need to Internet access at home with no cost to the student or their family. Through the program, students whose families are low-income and are not currently connected to the internet can get connected through the end of the 2020-21 school year for free.
If your family qualifies for Free or Reduced Lunch, please find more information below. If your family does not qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch, please disregard this message.
- For low-income families who did not have Internet access prior to August 2020
- Available now through the end of the 2020-21 school year
Participating Internet Service Providers
To take part in the K-12 Internet Access Program, students and families need to sign up with a participating Internet service provider that serves their local community using the offer code provided by their school district. Information from the three providers is below:
For Comcast/Xfinity, please contact Christie Jones in our Teaching & Learning Department for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-335-1614. Even if you don't qualify for free Internet through the OSPI program, families may qualify for reduced rate internet if they meet other criteria established by Comcast.
Option 1: Local Internet
Families should contact their local Internet Service Provider (ISP) such as Comcast/Xfinity, Ziply, etc. regarding discounted rates for students and families. Most Internet companies have plans for various income levels, and some do not require social security numbers, credit checks, etc.
Families who qualify for Free and Reduced Meals and do not have internet access:
Families who qualify for Free & Reduced Meals who have had Internet access since Aug. 30:
- There are several local Internet providers offering free or low cost Internet. To learn more, please visit:
Option 2: Mobile Carriers
Mobile phones can be used as personal Internet hot spots to connect student computers to the Internet. Some cellular providers also offer mobile WiFi hotspots.
Option 3: Open Public Internet
There are open and free Internet options for families in our communities. We urge students and families to abide by Washington State’s "Stay at Home" orders and social distancing practices, by staying inside cars when possible when using the below resources.
- Washington State Drive-In Hot Spots
- Xfinity Free WIFI Access Hotspots
- Lake Stevens SnoIsle Library Drive-in hot spot
If these options do not support your needs, contact email@example.com and you will be contacted to discuss other options.
Learning Management System
Seesaw for Schools (YouTube)
Take a look inside the Seesaw Family App (YouTube)
Clean Your Chromebook (YouTube)
This virtual library is designed as an optional learning space for all Lake Stevens School District students, teachers and families to explore.
Helpful Tips & Tricks
- Parent Tips and Tricks for Distance Learning
- Keeping Kids Motivated for Online Learning
- 5 Signs of Screen Overload -- and How to Handle Them
- Guidance on Building a Schedule
Watch the accompanying video about schedule creation (YouTube).
- What to do when…
Supporting students and families while learning from home.
Library Card Sign-up Tutorial (YouTube)
Welcome back to school! We at Sno-Isle Libraries know that school looks different this year, and have some free resources available to help.
Stuck on your homework? Sno-Isle offers free homework help with experienced, background-checked tutors every day from 1-11pm through BrainFuse. Check out Sno-Isle’s Back to School page, which has links to Brainfuse, test prep with LearningExpress, language learning with Mango Languages, and much more!
While the inside of the library may not be open to the public, we still have ways to get you books, movies, cds – AND printing! Place holds on materials or let library staff pick some reads for you, send a print job to the library, and then come on over and pick it all up easily and contact-free. Need some worksheets printed out? Print jobs can be picked up within 2 business hours! Visit the Sno-Isle Contact-free Services page for more information.
Of course, you don’t need to visit the library to get books. With Libby and Overdrive, you can access thousands of ebooks and audiobooks for all ages, in multiple languages! We even have special lists currently set up for reading in certain subjects like science, history, and biographies on our Kids page.
BookFlix has a big collection of animated picture books and easy nonfiction books with activities for younger readers. For comics and tv shows, turn to Hoopla, and for streaming early educational shows, indie films and documentaries give Kanopy a try! Explore the Sno-Isle online library.
Time for a break from class? Join us for virtual storytimes. We have plain English or you can mix it up with Russian, Spanish, or Korean bilingual groups! Dabble in comics with a monthly Manga-nificent graphic novel book club for tweens and teens, knit and crochet with friends in weekly craft and chat groups, and test your knowledge in weekly family trivia on a variety of topics from Pokémon to Mythology! These events don’t even require a library card to participate.
Get a Card!
Getting a library card is always free and open to residents of Snohomish and Island county. Visit the Sno-Isle Get a Card page to sign up! Teachers are even now eligible to get special teacher cards! Contact your local Sno-Isle Library for more information.