ECF - Emergency Connectivity Fund

Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) - Student Hotspot Request Information

The American Recovery Act of 2021 provides funding for schools to cover expenditures for Internet services for students lacking off-campus Internet access.  If you do not have Internet access at home or your Internet service is not sufficient enough for your child(ren) to participate in online learning at home, please fill out  this electronic request form at this link This should take less than 5 minutes.  If you need a paper form, you can request it from your child's school or print it from the document list below (ECF - County Unmet Need Validation Letter).

Once you have filled out the request form, we will order the hotspot for your child(ren).  We will need a T-mobile hotspot checkout agreement form (T-Mobile Wifi Checkout Agreement) signed prior to releasing the hotspot.  The form will be sent home with the student or you can print it from the document list below and send it to your child's school.

Some important information to know:

  1. These hotspots will be no cost to the family.  However, by submitting the request and signing the agreement you are certifying that your child(ren) do not have adequate access at home.
  2. Families with more than one child CAN get a device for each child living in the home, if that home does not have Internet access or lacks adequate Internet for the number of children in the home to simultaneously participate in remote learning.
  3. Disclaimer - These hotspots DO NOT connect with anything other than KCS devices.  They will not be a replacement for family Internet.
  4. This program requires the Internet hotspots be in use and show data usage every month.  If there is not data being used, the hotspot will need to be returned as the ECF program will not pay for hotspots that are not being used.  
  5. The iPads will automatically connect to the hotspot so there is no need to type a password.  Simply power the device on and the iPad will connect.
  6. Further guidelines/rules about this program can be found in the T-Mobile Hotspot Checkout Agreement Form below.

Required Documents:

  1. ECF - County Unmet Need Validation Letter (2021 - 2022)
  2. T-Mobile Wifi Checkout Agreement
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