Having reliable connectivity to the internet is critical for your student’s success during distance learning. The state recognizes this need, and has partnered with Ziply Fiber, Comcast/Xfinity and Presidio to create Washington’s K–12 Internet Access Program, which gives eligible families free internet access so your student can connect to online learning from home.

This internet access opportunity will provide you with faster, stronger and more reliable connectivity than hotspots (base stations for wireless internet access) or tethering to mobile, which will better support your student. If eligible, your free internet access is available through June 30, 2021.

Step 1: Check Eligibility

To qualify for this program your household must meet the following criteria:

  • Your child must be eligible for free or reduced-price meals during the 2020-21 school year.
  • Your household had no internet connection in your home prior to August 2020. Note, if you accessed the internet through a hotspot or a mobile device, you still qualify for this program.

If your family has not applied or previously qualified for free and reduced meals and/or you have had a decrease in income over the last year, we encourage you to submit an application for the 2020-21 school year. This eligibility includes many other great benefits. If you have questions about applying for free and reduced meals, please contact Nutrition Services at (425) 456-4507 during normal business hours (7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) or by email at nutrition@bsd405.org.

Apply for free and reduced meals

Step 2: Choose Provider

Through this program, you can receive free internet access from Ziply, Comcast/Xfinity or Presidio. Your home may not be served by multiple providers. If you are unsure which provider services your residence, enter your address in the following coverage map or contact your leasing office or landlord. Note: Presidio’s 4G LTE MoFi service is a good fit for families who may be living with other family members or renting a room in a house that already has internet (but you do not have access to).

Check internet coverage map

Step 3: Request an Access Code

You will need an access code when signing up with Ziply, Comcast/Xfinity or Presidio.

Complete this form to request a code

Step 4: Sign Up with Ziply, Comcast/Xfinity or Presidio

You will receive an email from the district with instructions on how to sign up for your selected provider.

Step 5: Return Your District Hotspot (If Applicable)

If you were using a district-issued hotspot and have decided to set up this free internet access, please return your hotspot and charging cable/power adapter one of the following ways:

Last reviewed February 5, 2021