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ECF Program FAQ

WE HAVE TEMPORARILY PAUSED DISTRIBUTION OF CHROMEBOOKS TO STUDENTS AS WE COMPLETE OUR REPORT FOR THE PROGRAM.  WE WILL CONTINUE TO ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FROM FAMILIES AS WE PREPARE FOR THE END OF THE 2022-23 SCHOOL YEAR.  PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO SEE IF YOU QUALIFY.
 
Rocklin Unified is excited to continue our participation in the Emergency Connectivity Fund program.  The ECF program is a tool to help districts identify students who need a device at home or may need better bandwidth and reimburse the district for those costs.  We have already been awarded devices and hotspots and will be applying for additional devices to support our families.
 
If you have already applied for the ECF program earlier in the year and have received an email confirmation that you have been awarded, there is no need to apply again unless your circumstances have changed, simply complete the RUSD Chromebook Contract to received yours today.
 
Families may qualify for this program regardless of their income.  Students' and families' eligibility is based upon their need to have a device at home for school work and their level of access to the Internet.
 
This means if you checked out a device from your student's school this year or last year, or if you would need to check one out if your student had to leave school for any reason, you would likely qualify for this program.
 
HOW WOULD I QUALIFY FOR THE ECF PROGRAM?
If you meet any of the below criteria you may qualify for this program:
  • Have you checked out a Chromebook for your student(s) during the COVID pandemic?
  • Do you have a Chromebook at home for each student in your household?
  • If you have a 7-12th grade student, do you have a Chromebook for them to bring to school?
  • Your student would need to check out a Chromebook to have a device at home?
  • Does each student in your home have a Chromebook to do homework with?
  • You currently do not have sufficient Internet at your home when all students are online doing homework
 
Verifying your eligibility is easy.  Simply complete the form above and we will let you know if you qualify.
 Russian and Spanish versions of the ECF Contract Packet have been linked on the buttons at the top of the page.  These are viewable only.  The English Version of the form needs to be signed by parents/guardians.
 
 
REMEMBER - For families that have not done so already, please complete the required digital Chromebook Contract Electronic Signature packet BEFORE your student is able to get a device.  
 
1. Each student that submitted an ECF application must fill out the RUSD Chromebook Packet. If multiple students in your household submitted an ECF application, then each student will need to submit a separate RUSD Chromebook Packet (link provided in the email). 
The packet Includes THREE parts:
1. The Chromebook Contract detailing your responsibility for the device being loaned and checked out to your student.
2. The optional Chromebook Protection Plan (cost per Chromebook is $30 for 1 year or $75 for 3 years) - covers accidental damage. If you choose this option, checks may be made to Rocklin Unified School District and delivered at the time of pick-up.
Please put CB Protection Plan in the memo
Print off & Return with your check the Signature page of the Chromebook Protection Plan
3. The Chromebook Check-Out Form - affirming you have read and accepted the Chromebook Contract, that you either Accept or Decline the Chromebook Protection Plan, and a place to fill out the school site, your Student’s ID number (found on report cards or on the AERIES Portal), and name for EACH of the students in your home that you applied on behalf of.
 
* Once the RUSD Chromebook Packet is completed and signed, a Chromebook will be prepared for your student(s) and delivered to your student’s school site.  Please remember to fill out one packet for each student that submitted an ECF Application.
 
* Your student’s school site will give you further instructions on picking up your Chromebook and/or hotspot.
 
* If your student currently has a Chromebook checked out to them, please return the old Chromebook and its charger when it is time to pick up your new ECF Chromebook.
 
Important Reminders
  • Families who do not fill out the online packet OR students who do not return their old devices will not be able to check out their new Chromebook until the packet has been filled out AND the old Chromebook has been returned. 
  • If you choose to decline the Chromebook Protection Plan, you will be responsible for 100% of the costs of all damages, losses, or other repairs.  This includes but is not limited to common occurrences like broken screens, missing keys, and lost power chargers.
  • If you requested and applied for a Hotspot (Internet Access) we will be reaching out to those families to make arrangements to pick up the Hotspot from the District Office.  You can also make arrangements at that time to pick up at a school site.
 
 

ECF Program Frequently Asked Questions for Families:

 
My student checked out a device from their school this year.  Do I still need to complete the form?
YES.  The device your student checked out is likely an older temporary device. 
These Chromebooks are intended to replace those with a newer model to last through 2028.
If you DID check out a device this year, please take a moment to complete the form at the bottom of the page.  You will more than likely qualify for a new device.
 
Do I need to check the Chromebook back in every summer?
NO.  These Chromebooks will be for your student to use until 2029 or until your student leaves Rocklin Unified.  We may ask to periodically check the device to make sure updates are up to date and it is functioning correctly.
 
What is considered 'Adequate Internet Access' at my home?
Each school district that applies is expected to determine what 'Adequate Internet Access' means for their students. Rocklin Unified School has determined that Adequate Access is defined as a minimum of 12 Mbps (Megabyte per second) download speed and 3 Mbps for upload speeds.  These are the recommended speeds based on the FCC's Household Broadband Guide and can be accomplished with most medium service broadband plans or by providing a single mobile hotspot for up to seven (7) students who are connected within the Rocklin Unified School District boundaries.  The limit for Hotspots is ten (10) connected users at one time.
 
I live in a rural area outside of the Rocklin School District Boundaries, Can I get support for my Internet?
Rocklin Unified utilizes T-Mobile's network for our mobile hotspot program.  If your family lives outside of the Rocklin Unified School District boundaries and does not have coverage of T-Mobile cell services, you will not be covered by our district's application to the ECF program.  You may be covered under the Emergency Broadband Benefit program linked on this page.
 
What type of support for the Internet can I expect if awarded?
If families or students are qualified under the ECF program, each student who qualifies would be eligible for a district Chromebook and one (1) hotspot for every seven (7) students within the household.  
 
What is covered by the ECF program?
The ECF program will reimburse the district the cost of a district chosen device up to $400, the hardware cost for a hotspot up to $250, and the monthly service fee for the hotspot.
 
Will my student OWN the device or hotspot?
NO.  The school district still owns the device(s) and will be required to track, collect, and verify each device.
 
I have applied for the program, when can I expect a device or HotSpot
  • RUSD was awarded during the first round of awards on September 17, 2021 
  • Those items have been ordered and are expected to be available to qualified families around the end of November.
  • We will continue to offer these to families as we work to determine the eligibility of those families who have applied.
  • Chromebooks and Hotspots will be distributed to families on a schedule.  
  • Families who have been awarded must complete the RUSD Chromebook Contract prior to receiving their Chromebook.
 

Feel free to contact Technology Services if you have other questions not answered here.  916-672-3600