For students in rural areas, however, a poor internet connection can make online learning more challenging.

The Milton School District has advised rural families to buy cellular smartphone data plans, use wireless hot spots and try parking in the parking lots of public places such as libraries and schools because their internet access often reaches those lots.

To help schools and businesses through the pandemic, some internet providers are offering reduced pricing.

A document sent to Milton School District families reminds parents that connection strength can vary among devices and browsers.

Some students and faculty live in areas where acquiring or strengthening internet access isn’t an option. In those cases, district officials recommend notifying teachers and trying to prepare work in advance.

“If it is safe and a viable option to travel or ride to a public location where wireless internet is available, then doing schoolwork from that location may be advisable—with parent permission—while it continues to be an option. If you or your child have access to peers in the same courses, it may be possible to get instructions and/or materials from them,” the Milton document reads.

In case of maintenance issues or a need for equipment repair, the Milton district has spare computers. Maintenance will be done on a “case-by-case” basis, said Ryan Curless, the district's director of innovation and technology.

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