Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

WiFi Bus Schedule

park connect learn with image of front of bus and wifi symbol

Updated May 11, 2020 5:12 p.m.

New Routes Added!

As schools across Monterey County have shut their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of students are now adjusting to distance learning. However, this transition can pose great difficulty for many families who may not have access to internet connectivity.

That's why the Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE) has launched its Digital Equity Team (DEQ) to ensure every student in Monterey County has the ability to participate in high quality online distance learning by providing access to the devices and connectivity needed for success.

Securing connectivity in the home is a long-term solution, but for the short-term, MCOE and several districts in the county are proud to join with Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) to deploy MST buses equipped with WiFi to neighborhoods where the districts have identified the highest needs for internet access.

"As we work to ensure high-quality distance learning for all and are planning for the possibility of extended and/or repeated school closures, we know that an Internet connection is a lifeline and a learning link for our students," said Dr. Denen Guss, Monterey County Superintendent of Schools. “We are thankful to MST for their partnership to bring connectivity to our students when they need it most. We are also thankful to community member, Mary Ann Leffel for bringing the idea to us.”

Leffel, a community member who has been involved in transit, broadband and education shared, "I believe this is a good way for public entities to work together to support the community.

MST General Manager and CEO Carl Sedoryk stated, “The decision to use MST resources to support students and help our neighbors bridge the digital divide between urban and rural areas was simple – MST exists to support the communities we serve, and together with our educational partners during this crisis we will deploy our resources where they can achieve the most benefit.”

Starting on Monday, May 11, 2020, students and families can drive to an expanded list of locations below, and while remaining in their vehicles, connect to the WiFi to download needed distance learning online content. Any student, no matter their district of residence, can visit these sites to park, connect and learn.

The schedule, to begin on Monday, May 11, 2020 will be as follows:

WiFi Bus Schedule
AreaSiteDate/Time
New! Greenfield Union SDMary Chapa School
490 El Camino Real, Greenfield
Mondays to Fridays
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m<
New! Greenfield Union SDOak Ave School
1239 Oak Ave., Greenfield
Mondays to Fridays
10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
New! Salinas UHSDLa Paz Middle
1300 N. Sanborn Rd., Salinas
Mondays to Fridays
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
New! Salinas UHSDLa Paz Middle
1300 N. Sanborn Rd., Salinas
Mondays to Fridays
1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
South Monterey County JUHSDSalinas Valley
Fairgrounds 625 Division St., King City
Mondays to Thursdays
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Soledad USD425 Gabilan Dr., SoledadMondays to Fridays
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Soledad USD441 Main St., SoledadMondays to Thursdays
1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Soledad USDYMCA
560 Walker Dr., Soledad
Mondays to Thursdays
3:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Soledad USDJimenez Camp
McCoy Rd., Soledad
Thursdays to Fridays
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
King City Union SDSalinas Valley Fairgrounds
625 Division St., King City
Mondays to Thursdays
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
King City Union SDSalinas Valley Fairgrounds
625 Division St., King City
Fridays
1:30 p.m.to 5:00 p.m.

As planning continues, MCOE hopes to announce additional WiFi bus stop locations in the near future. Residents can find a complete listing of locations, dates, and times on the Monterey County Office of Education’s webpage.

For questions about this program, please contact Communications and Public Relations Officer, Jessica Hull at jhull@montereycoe.org or 209.679.4858.

Contacts

Jessica Hull

Communications & Public Relations Officer
jhull@montereycoe.org
Phone: 831.784.4245

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