OTTAWA, Ill. – As schools remain closed due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, state Rep. Lance Yednock, D-Ottawa, is encouraging local families to use the state’s new Wi-Fi hotspot map to find free wireless internet hotspots for e-learning and other needs.
“While schools across Illinois will remain closed for the rest of the school year, online learning has become essential for students in our state,” Yednock said. “But because not everyone has consistent access to reliable internet connections needed for e-learning or video conferencing, continuing education during the COVID-19 pandemic can be especially challenging.”
Yednock is highlighting the state’s recently released Wi-Fi hotspot map to help support Illinois students while they continue e-learning at home. If possible, parents or guardians are encouraged to drive children to hotspots to access the internet from their vehicles. While utilizing Wi-Fi hotspots, individuals and families should continue to practice social distancing. To access the map and to find more information on resources for children and families, please visit coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/resources-for-families-and-children.
“Finding a nearby, reliable Wi-Fi hotspot can make a significant difference in a student’s ability to complete his or her coursework,” Yednock said. “Making sure that students have access to education and the resources needed for online schoolwork is critical to helping them continue e-learning and stay on track with their studies throughout the pandemic.”
To find the most recent information about resources and information regarding COVID-19 in Illinois, visit https://coronavirus.illinois.gov or call the Illinois Department of Public Health at 1-800-889-3931.