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Drive Up Learning: Student Filtered WiFi

Alabaster City Schools “Drive-Up” Learning: Student Filtered WiFi

Alabaster City Schools is continuing to provide avenues for student success in distance learning. Over the past week, Alabaster City Schools distributed over 400 Chromebooks to students in grades 3-12. In order to facilitate student learning, we are also proud to announce that starting Thursday, April 9, 2020, at 5:00 PM, all Alabaster City Schools campuses and the Central Office/Alabaster City Schools Empowering Students (ACES) building will have outdoor wireless access points installed. The district-managed WiFi network will be accessible through the parking lots located at different points on each campus. Each parking lot will be monitored through security cameras. Students will be able to utilize the “Drive-Up” service from the safety of their cars. The WiFi network will use the district’s content filtering and security measures that continue to address compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). The Student Code of Conduct and Technology Acceptable Use Policy will apply. During this COVID-19 pandemic, families should practice social distancing guidelines while using the resource and adhere to any city-wide curfew restrictions.

Creek View Elementary School, Meadow View Elementary School, Thompson Intermediate School, and Thompson Middle School have the wireless access points installed at the front of each school. The access points at Thompson High School are located in the back of the school. The access point at ACES is located in the back parking lot near the former Thompson Intermediate School basketball courts, and the Central Office access point is located at the parking lot near the railroad track.

Once students arrive at a “Drive-Up” learning location, ACS-named wireless networks will appear as they do when students are on campus. Students with district-provided Chromebooks will automatically join the ACS_Chrome wireless network. Students using a personal device must connect to the ACS_Student network by using their student username and password. Those who do not remember their student usernames and/or passwords should contact their teacher.

Important: Security measures such as content filtering, device monitoring, and user reporting are still in place. For additional information, please go to www.acsboe.org/DriveUpLearning.