• Alert:

    During the Stay Safe, Stay Home mandatory closure announced by Gov. Whitmer, all MPS offices are currently closed. Food service pick-up and drop-off points will continue Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the closure. My office will continue to communicate with stakeholders via our Communiques. Please use Email or MPSConnect if you have questions or need assistance. 

    Stay safe, Michael E. Sharrow, Superintendent, Midland Public Schools

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COVID-Related Community & Internet Resources

As we receive information for available resources in our community we will share them here to bring awareness of local help during this tough times.

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Have a resource to add to the list?
Email Abby Young at youngad@midlandps.org

Do you or someone you now need addition support during this time?
Midland Public Schools is a member of the Midland County COVID-19 Coalition, a team of community organizations united in identifying and resourcing community needs. As a partner, Midland Public Schools is asking our families to complete a brief survey to let us know if you or someone you know needs additional support. This support can be food beyond the school provided meals, home supplies, personal hygiene items, school supplies, or other necessities.  Please don’t hesitate to fill out the survey to let us know how our community may be of assistance during these tough, unprecedented times.  Link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J8R9MVV

Expanding Child Care Access for Essential Workforce During the Covid-19 Emergency
Governor Whitmer announced an Executive Order last night to expand capacity for tuition-based child care services for health care workers, first responders and other members of the essential workforce. To all essential workers in Michigan, we say thank you for your service during this crisis.

The Governor has defined essential workers as health care workers, direct care workers, emergency medical service providers, first responders, law enforcement personnel, sanitation workers, child care workers, corrections personnel, postal workers, public health employees, court personnel, critical infrastructure providers including: utilities, manufacturing, mass transit, grocers, suppliers, and key government employees including: child protective service workers, child welfare, foster care, recipient rights, the Governor’s office, cabinet members and their designees, the Department of Health and Human Services field office staff, Unemployment Insurance Agency employees, and other employees identified by the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget.

The Governor has called on Intermediate School Districts (ISDs) to help mobilize and coordinate efforts to expand accessibility for child care services during this emergency. The ISDs will be partnering with the Early Childhood Investment Corporation and Michigan 2-1-1 to coordinate these efforts.

If you are a member of the essential workforce defined above and are in need of tuition-based child care, go to www.helpmegrow-mi.org/essential and your information will be routed to someone in your community who can help you find care.

Internet Resources

We understand how important it is to stay connected right now, below you will find various resources from internet and phone providers

  • AT&T (Home Internet): All AT&T home internet wired customers and Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data. Additionally, AT&T will continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through their Access from AT&T program. For more information, visit https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html.

    Through the FCC's Keep America Connected Pledge, they are waiving late fees and keep residential and small business customers connected if negatively impacted by the global crisis.
     
  • AT&T (WiFi Access): Effective March 14, for 60 days, WiFi public access points are available for public use at no cost and with no contract required. Current AT&T customers will have no data caps during this time. To find an AT&T access location, please visit: https://www.att.com/support/article/wireless/KM1103818.

    Through the FCC's Keep America Connected Pledge, they are waiving late fees and keep residential and small business customers connected if negatively impacted by the global crisis.
     
  • Charter Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. View full details at https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more
     
  • Sprint: Starting on Tuesday, March 17, customers with international long distance calling plans will receive complimentary international calling rates from the U.S. to countries defined by the CDC as Level 3. 1Million Project students devices will have data plans increased from 10GB to 20GB each month from now through June 30, 2020.

    Starting on March 19, unlimited smartphone data to all current subscribers and increasing the data allowance to schools and students using their digital learning programs. Also, customers will receive an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days (a minimum of two bill cycles) at no extra cost.

    Through the FCC's Keep America Connected Pledge, they are waiving late fees and keep residential and small business customers connected if negatively impacted by the global crisis.

    The press release for Sprint is available at https://newsroom.sprint.com/covid-19-updates-sprint-responds.htm.
     
  • T-Mobile: ALL current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers who have plans with data will have unlimited smartphone data for the next 60 days (excluding roaming).

    T-Mobile is offering free international calling for ALL current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers to Level 3 impacted countries.

    Through the FCC's Keep America Connected Pledge, they are waiving late fees and keep residential and small business customers connected if negatively impacted by the global crisis.

    The press release for T-Mobile is available at https://www.t-mobile.com/news/t-mobile-update-on-covid-19-response.
     
  • Verizon Wireless: Through the FCC's Keep America Connected Pledge, they are waiving late fees and keep residential and small business customers connected if negatively impacted by the global crisis.

    The press release for Verizon Wireless is available at: https://www.verizon.com/about/news/update-verizon-serve-customers-covid-19.

There has been advertising on Social Media about other services providing help which we can't verify at this time, we will continue to look for more resources to help our students, educators, and community members stay connected.

Have a provider to add to the list?
Email Abby Young at youngad@midlandps.org