Free WiFi and Hotspots
- Click here to see where the free Xfinity internet hotspots are in Grants Pass. Put in your area code in to see your area
- Here is another map of free WiFi in the Grants Pass area.
- Josephine Community Libraries is offering free WiFi at all four branches. People are asked to stay in their cars and practice social distancing as outlined in the Governor's Executive Order.
- National Resources This site provides connections to companies that function nation-wide.
All Grants Pass devices are monitored and restricted for Internet use using software called GoGuardian. Parents may also create an account in GoGuardian to view what their students are exploring. To learn how to create a parent GoGuardian account, click here.
RESIDENTIAL & MOBILE INTERNET PROVIDERS - GRANTS PASS AREA
Many internet providers have special offers for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and some offers are specific to students continuing education at home during school closures. When calling, you may want to explain your child’s a student continuing their education at home during school closures and ask what’s being offered. These offers appear to be evolving as time goes on and may include discounted or free internet service, waived data usage overages, enabled mobile phone hotspot usage, etc.
- New Service: 877-520-5974, option 1
- Existing Service: 800-577-4333, option 1
- New Service: 866-279-2615, and say “I don’t have an account”, followed by ”Setting up new service”
- Existing Service: 866-279-2615, and provide the account number
- New Service: 844-898-5296, option 2
- Existing Service: 844-898-5296, option 1
- Local Store: 541-471-1915
- New Service: 844-307-7340, option 2
- Existing Service: 844-307-7340, option 1
- Local Store: 541-479-1969
- New Service: 800-866-2453, option 1
- Existing Service: 800-866-2453, option 2
- Local Store: 541-916-8338
- New Service: No toll-free number provided
- Existing Service: 888-944-9400, enter your PIN and ask for Associate
- Local Store: 541-660-8722
- New Service: 800-922-0204, press #, then option 1
- Existing Service: 800-922-0204, provide a mobile number
- Local Store: 541-476-2181
GENERAL CARE - Do not have any food or drinks near the Chromebook.
- Cords, cables, and removable storage devices must be inserted carefully into the Chromebook.
- Do not place your Chromebook on uneven surfaces where they might be subject to an accidental fall.
- Avoid placing or dropping heavy objects on the top of the Chromebook.
- Chromebooks do not like excessive heat or cold. They should not be exposed to over 100 degrees or under 32 degrees. Do NOT put your Chromebook under a blanket, on the dashboard of your car, etc.
- Do not block airflow when the device is on. While your Chromebook does not get overly hot as a traditional laptop might, it does need to breathe.
- Chromebooks have been labeled with the inventory tag. Please do not remove the tag.
- Damage, loss, or theft must be reported immediately.
CARRYING CHROMEBOOKS - Chromebook lids should always be closed and tightly secured when moving. Do not carry your Chromebook while the screen is open.
- Unplug your Chromebook when it is not charging.
- Never move a Chromebook by lifting from the screen. Always support a Chromebook from its bottom with the lid closed.
- If carrying your Chromebook in your backpack, avoid sharp objects in your backpack around your Chromebook, and avoid throwing your backpack or leaving it in places where it can be accidentally kicked.
SCREEN CARE - The Chromebook screens can be easily damaged! The screens are particularly sensitive to damage from excessive pressure on the screen.
- Do not lean or put pressure on the top of the Chromebook when it is closed.
- Do not store the Chromebook with the screen in the open position.
- Do not place anything near the Chromebook that could put pressure on the screen.
- Do not place anything on the keyboard before closing the lid (e.g. pens, pencils, or disks)
A/C POWER ADAPTER - The port on the power adapter is fragile – insert and remove with care every time.
- Do not carry your Chromebook around with the power adapter plugged in.
CHARGING YOUR CHROMEBOOK - The Chromebooks hold a charge for between 6-8 hours.
- Make sure to plug your Chromebook in each night so that it is fully charged for the morning.
KEEPING YOUR CHROMEBOOK CLEAN - Never use any product containing any alcohol, ammonia, or other strong solvents to clean your Chromebook.
- Do NOT spray or wipe your Chromebook with any Windex/household cleaner/water and/or cleaning cloth/wipes.
- Clean your Chromebook keys and screen with a lightly moistened soft cloth.
Home Learning Environment
Setting up a home learning environment when students have to be learning from home is important in order to help student learn well. We have provided a guide for you to print off at home here.
Setting up your home so students can participate in distance learning doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive. Whether it is short term-distance learning or a fully online school, we have some tips for families on how to create a space at home so your children are making the most of learning from home.
- A clean surface area, free from distractions
- Choose a location that has a reasonable surface area and minimal distractions. Ideally, a student might have a desk in a room, but that is not always possible.
- Try to find a corner in an area of your home that has limited distractions.
- If space is very limited, a kitchen counter or a staircase landing can work, just keep in mind how many distractions are also there.
- Work with your student to decorate the learning space
- Allowing the child to help decorate and make display choices help provide ownership for their learning.
- Cardboard can be a great way to create a separate space within a larger space. Have your child help decorate it.
- Positive decorations will reinforce the importance of learning and help create an encouraging space for students to spend time in.
- Having supplies to carry out tasks is important for a successful learning space
- Help your student keep their learning area organized.
- Cups can be used to hold pencils, pens, and other supplies.
- Decorate the cups! This is a fun way to build ownership of the learning space.
- You can get creative with other storage devices that can be used to organize materials like smaller boxes, plastic containers, etc.
- Paper is a must. Even though the curriculum is coming digitally, learning is a hands-on experience and putting pen to paper is important. Have paper easily available.
- Online learning can be stressful and everyone learns a little differently. Some people have a need to fidget and move more than others--this is absolutely OK.
- Have fidget devices on hand like stress balls, silly putty, Rubik’s Cube, even rubber bands.
- Music may be really helpful to some, just keep it to music that is not distracting. The beat should not be more than 80 beats per minute (if it is faster, it can increase anxiety and heart rates). Classical music is the best as it allows the brain to access the thinking part of the brain.
- The brain is not designed to be in a continuous state of learning and actually needs a break from learning in order to learn better.
- Encourage breaks every 30 to 45 minutes.
- Have a routine you and your student create to be physical in between learning sessions. Stretches, air squats, situps, pushups, short walks--all of these don’t cost anything and really help the body throughout the learning day.
HEALTHY SNACKS & WATER
- The body needs healthy snacks throughout the day. Students need help in making good food decisions (and if the adults are modeling healthy snack choices, it is even easier for them).
- Fruits and vegetables are great choices, but don’t forget protein during the day
- Water is so important for all of us, but particularly for the growing body. Help your student set reminders to drink water throughout the day (the brain really needs a lot of water)
TIME TO LISTEN TO YOUR CHILD
- Part of a student doing well in online learning is for the adults to stay engaged in the learning as well.
- Students need positive reinforcement about the work they are doing
- Show your interest in what they are learning. Ask questions. Help them see where those concepts apply in the world.
- Parents don’t have to know all about the content, but children naturally will ask adults questions about their topics. Have an open mind and know that Google will be a great thing to do together with your student.