As Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) students started a new school year with in-person learning, it is still critical that students have a reliable internet connection to participate in their educational pursuits.
As families prepared for the school season, AT&T’s Los Angeles team took the time to volunteer their efforts to make sure LAUSD students and their families know that they can sign up for high-speed AT&T internet services, including AT&T Fiber®, for their homes at no cost to them through the FCC’s Emergency Connectivity Fund.
This is no easy task as Los Angeles Unified is the nation’s second-largest school district that serves over 600,000 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade at over 1,000 schools.
To help educate families, welcome students and ensure students have the resources they need for a successful school year, AT&T employee volunteers participated in L.A. Unified Connectivity Fairs at several schools to assist families with getting AT&T high-speed internet in their homes. Our employees also joined Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho to visit the homes of Los Angeles Unified families, including a family who recently signed up for the program and is now connected with AT&T Fiber just in time for the new school year.
“I would like to thank Los Angeles Unified School District and AT&T for showing up and helping our family get connected. This high-speed internet will help our son do his schoolwork and learn from home,” said Alejandra Romo. “The service this internet provides makes a huge difference in our day to day lives and gives us much better access to paying bills, staying up to date, and enjoying family time together.”
AT&T volunteers understand that building relationships with families throughout the L.A. Unified district is the best way for us to connect our communities.
“We know that access to reliable high-speed internet at home is important for students to succeed. That’s why we visited several schools so we can meet families in person, inform them of the resources available, answer their questions and help families sign up for AT&T internet services,” said Lea Santoro, AT&T employee volunteer and regional sales director. “Our work with L.A. Unified will truly make a difference to bridge the digital divide for students who need it the most.”
In May, we announced that we’re working with L.A. Unified on “All Families Connected,” a program launched by Superintendent Carvalho to ensure every L.A. Unified student has access to the right technology tools, high-quality connectivity on and off campus, and the digital literacy necessary to succeed in a digital world.
Since the program started, more than 2,500 families have signed up for AT&T internet services, with 200 of the signups generated during these back-to-school volunteer events.
This collaboration with LAUSD is one of the many ways we are investing to build a better future in California. And as educators prepare for the digital future, connectivity has the power to deliver engaging, high-value personalized learning to advance student success and equity in education.
For more information on the “All Families Connected” program, including how to sign up, visit achieve.lausd.net/connect or call 213.443.1300.