Good afternoon Spring-Ford,
In continuing with our daily communication, I have three important updates to share, one of which with a time sensitive homework assignment for parents!
As you know, the Curriculum and Instruction Department has been providing enrichment activities that are available online. As we look forward, we are actively working on plans to provide additional distance learning opportunities should the shutdown extend beyond March 29, 2020. We are asking each family to complete a Home Internet and Device Access survey no later than Sunday, March 22, 2020 (parent homework!).
Comcast offering 'Internet Essentials' package free for low-income customers for 60 days
Comcast is taking immediate steps to help connect low-income families to the Internet at home. New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month plus tax. Additionally, for all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program's Internet service has increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. That increase will go into effect automatically for no additional fee and it will become the new base speed for the program going forward. You may qualify if you:
- Live in an area where Comcast Internet Service is available.
- Are eligible for public assistance programs like the National School (Free and Reduced) Lunch Program, housing assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, and others.
- Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet within the last 90 days.
- Have no outstanding debt to Comcast that is less than one year old.
Signing up is easy and fast from your mobile device, go to https://apply.internetessentials.com/
FOOD SERVICE UPDATE
All Spring-Ford students participating in Free and Reduced lunch programs will continue to receive breakfast and lunch daily. As shared directly with our Free and Reduced families, meals are now available for pickup Monday through Friday at Spring City Elementary School, Royersford Elementary School, and the 5/6/7 Grade Center from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Montgomery County is here to help. Their mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness through recovery focused support, education, and advocacy. Their commitment to providing you with the mental health support, education, and resources you need to build better lives will not be interrupted. Support groups will be held virtually and by dial in, click on the image below for updates. While their office is closed, they will maintain their Help Line, Monday – Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM, 215-361-7784. Please check their website and social media sites stay connected and updated on affiliate happenings. Click here for more information.
Right now, we are looking ahead, realistically considering all options, and remaining transparent in our communications. In my 28 years in education, I have never experienced anything like this. I appreciate our school community as we come together to support one another - even if not in person. We are all working through the growing pains of this pandemic together. I expect as we will feel some bump as we settle into this new normal, but your Spring-Ford family is here to address them as they come.
As always, thank you for your patience, your feedback, and your trust.
Dr. David Goodin