San Marcos CISD students encouraged to use WiFi at local businesses

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SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — A new school year and a new initiative started Monday at San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District. The district is beginning the process of turning into a one-to-one district. Over the next three years, the district will provide technology to every secondary student. 

But, knowing all students don’t have internet at home, the district is getting creative in finding ways to make sure students can still get their homework done outside of the classroom. 

“We have WiFi in our buildings, we have WiFi in our classrooms, but what we wanted to do was to give our students the opportunity to work on school projects inside the community,” said SMCISD spokesperson Andrew Fernandez. 

The school district is partnering with local businesses, asking them to place a sticker on their window and invite students in for the free WiFi that they likely already have set up. 

“When our students walk in there, it’s a comfort thing, they feel wanted, they feel like they can sit down and do some homework, do some projects,” said Fernandez. 

Fernandez says the district isn’t asking businesses to add WiFi, students will only use what is already offered. He says this initiative is a way of showing students their options. 

“It’s a no-brainer decision, it’s easy for us to do,” said Pari Sandage with Splash Coworking in downtown San Marcos. “I can spin up a channel that’s just for them that they can get on without a problem.”

Businesses that have already signed up range from quiet office spaces like Splash Coworking to fast food like Bush’s Chicken. “It makes it a comfortable environment,” said Sherri Elbel with Bush’s Chicken. 

The district has sent out a survey to see how many students don’t have internet at home and are waiting on the results. But, with more than 70 percent of students considered low income, it expects the initiative will help many. 

If you would like to sign your business up, contact Fernandez by email at andrew.fernandez@smcisd.net

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