Marion County school district launches parking lot Wi-Fi program

Published: Apr. 14, 2020 at 5:27 AM EDT
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The Marion County school district

, an effort to help students without access to the internet participate in distance learning.

In partnership with the City of Ocala, six schools are now equipped with outdoor wifi, including Vanguard High School.

"Students in this community can pull into our student parking lot and they can utilize the free wifi to engage in their online lessons,” Vanguard High School Principal Christopher Carlisle said.

The wi-fi can be accessed by a laptop, tablet, even the student's cell phone, all while they're comfortably and safely in their car.

North Marion High and Middle schools are also offering the resource to students.

"I know that we have many students that live out in the rural areas and do not have any internet access whatsoever so to have the ability to access some internet for free is a great opportunity and I hope they take advantage of it,” Assistant Principal of Student Services at North Marion High School Michael Fritch said.

This free wi-fi service will be available Monday through Friday from 9 am to 7 pm.

Dunnellon High, Fort McCoy K-8, Lake Weir Middle, North Marion High, North Marion Middle, and Vanguard High parking lots now offer this service.

Four other county schools are also scheduled to receive a wi-fi router, which officials said will happen in the immediate future.