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Additional Family Needs

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Families in need of additional resources in their community can connect with Michigan 2-1-1, a one-stop connection to local agencies and resources.

Food Service 

Districts can provide 2 free meals per day to all children up to age 18 and students ages 18-26 with an active IEP. Some schools are offering pick-up meals, some are sending food out on bus routes, some are using their summertime food service locations. Check your school’s website to find out what’s available. Families of students who received free/reduced lunch at school will receive additional food assistance via an Electronic Benefits Transaction (EBT) card.

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Internet Access

Families need internet services for work, healthcare, and school.

Emergency Broadband Benefit is a government program to help families and households afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet.

Several service providers are offering faster speed and free/reduced-cost service. If you have a regional internet provider in your area that’s not listed, call and ask if they are offering any help for families/students to access the internet.

Remember: districts must consider the student’s technology needs in order to provide access to regular and special education services. If additional technology or internet service is needed for a student to receive FAPE, it must be provided by the school, at no charge.

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