Student Technology Enhancement Program (STEP)
Huntsville City Schools is excited to announce the roll-out of the Student Technology Enhancement Program (STEP) to assist students with Wi-Fi access at home.
STEP is an initiative of the Huntsville City Board of Education for the purpose of enabling or enhancing digital learning environments through continuous access to mobile internet service. As with other District initiatives, all relevant Policies and Procedures (included Acceptable Use Policies pertaining to use of District technology) will apply. We are proud to offer this program to support digital learning in HCS.
Please see the below guidelines regarding the HCS HotSpots:
- Only students who have Parent/Guardian consent forms completed are able to check out the HCS HotSpot. This form may be completed online - S.T.E.P. Parent Consent Form
- HCS HotSpots can be requested in the morning through the librarians, but students will need to pick them up at the end of day.
- Check out time is 48 hours (2 days).
- During extended breaks (Spring, Winter, Fall) HCS HotSpots will not be checked out.
- The HCS Hotspot is to be used for educational purposes only.
- A Parent Consent Form must be signed each school year for the student to participate in the Program. Consent expires each school year on the HCS scheduled last student day.
If you are interested in obtaining your own HCS HotSpot, please visit the Access Fund Site.
Wi-Fi Off Huntsville City Schools Network
Below are available Wi-Fi "hot spots" in Huntsville & the surrounding area:
- John Hunt Park
- Soccer Complex on Triana
- Softball Complex on Patton Rd.
- Braham Spring Park – near the Special Needs playground
- Lakewood Rec Center
- Braham Spring Rec Center
- Richard Showers Center
- Westside Center (Earl St. – between Clinton/Gov.)
- Calvary Hill Center (Northwood subdivision)
- Optimist Park
- Scruggs Center
- Max Luther Center
Our students' safety is very important to us, on and off the HCS network. To help ensure their safety while using some of the above open Wi-Fi resources, teaching and modeling digital citizenship will equip students with the knowledge and skills to think critically and help them use technology safely and responsibly. Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to providing digital citizenship education and family resource to help kids thrive in a world of media and technology. Huntsville City Schools recommends the valuable resources available from Common Sense Media and Common Sense Education. Working together, teachers, parents, and the community can act as advocates for our students as they navigate the ever changing world of social and educational technology.