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Salinas students seen using Taco Bell for internet access

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Olga Guzman

SALINAS, Calif. (KION) A picture circulating on social media of two Salinas City Elementary School District students has again brought attention to the digital divide as schools continue with distance learning

The person who posted the picture said the two young girls were looking for a place with WiFi to do their schoolwork, so they sat outside the Taco Bell.

In a statement, the district said it is aware of concerns about internet access for students and said it provided an internet hotspot to the family. The district said it has also placed more orders for hotspots.

"The digital divide is very real and delays in receiving needed technology are a statewide concern, we are grateful the State is making technology a priority and look forward to receiving these hotspots in our District," said Amy Ish, President of the Board.

Students who need internet access are asked to contact the schools Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. After hours, the district asks that you contact technical support. The phone numbers for the schools are:

  • Boronda DIAS: (831) 753-5615
  • Boronda Meadows: (831) 784-5400
  • El Gabilan: (831) 753-5660
  • Kammann: (831) 753-5665
  • Laurel Wood: (831) 753-5620
  • Lincoln: (831) 753-5625
  • Loma Vista: (831) 753-5670
  • Los Padres: (831) 753-5630
  • Mission Park: (831) 753-5635
  • Monterey Park: (831) 753-5640
  • Natividad: (831) 753-5675
  • Roosevelt: (831) 753-5645
  • Sherwood: (831) 753-5650
  • University Park: (831) 753-5655

Students at the district still in need of a hotspot or chromebook can fill out a survey here.

For technical support, call 831-784-2272 or email between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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