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Alcona Community Schools providing WiFi in their parking lots

LINCOLN, Mich. — The school year is not over, and students should be getting ready for some more work coming their way. Alcona Community Schools is planning to hand out coursework via paper copies, as well as online. They’re trying to lend a helping hand to families without a solid WiFi connection.

In a press release today, the administration said they are pleased to announce that they’ve installed two new outdoor wireless units at the school and they are ready for access. The public WiFi will be open all day and students are encouraged to visit either the middle school or elementary school parking lots to access their work online.

Superintendent Dan O’Connor said that a survey they recently conducted showed about 50 percent of families in the area did not have easy access to WiFi. “Michael Suitor, our technology and IT specialist at the school, really pushed this issue and was passionate about trying to make sure students have as much as possible,” he said. “Knowing Alcona County’s internet access is extremely poor it’s probably more challenging than most around the state.”

There are other locations students can access the internet from their car. Lincoln branch, Harrisville branch, and Mikado branch libraries all have their WiFi ready for the public to use.