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K12Connect - Internet Assistance
K12Connect - Internet Assistance
Jamie Hohn
Wednesday, October 28, 2020


 Because of COVID-19, South Dakota’s K-12 schools are using distance learning on a regular basis. Some students do not have access to their schoolwork at home because of a lack of internet connectivity. The K-12 Connect program provides free internet service to eligible K-12 students in their homes for the 2020-21 school year.

 Eligible households must meet all the following requirements:

  • • Must have at least one student currently enrolled in an accredited South Dakota K-12 school; and
  • • Must meet the income eligibility guidelines for the free and reduced school lunch program; and
  • • Must not have internet services in the home as of July 1, 2020

 Enrollment: Eligible households should receive a letter indicating eligibility and identifying the appropriate telecommunications company to call in order to access free internet service through this program. Letters were mailed Oct. 26.

Enrollment closes Nov. 20, 2020. To enroll, families should call the telecommunications company noted in their letter to set up service. That company will install the necessary equipment on a first-come, first-serve basis. Installation will occur as time and available equipment allow. Eligible students who live in more than one home will be provided connectivity at their primary residence.

Internet service will be provided through June 30, 2021. After that time, the household must return equipment to the internet provider or continue services at the household’s expense.

If someone does not receive a letter, but believes their household is eligible, they can call (605) 773-3248 or email

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