Photo showing 2 Salinas girls doing homework outside Taco Bell goes viral

A photo of two kids using the Wi-Fi outside of a Taco Bell in East Salinas has gone viral with calls from community members and local elected officials to do better. The photo was first posted to Instagram with the caption, ” These 2 young girls were looking for a […]

A photo of two kids using the Wi-Fi outside of a Taco Bell in East Salinas has gone viral with calls from community members and local elected officials to do better. The photo was first posted to Instagram with the caption, ” These 2 young girls were looking for a place with Wi-Fi to do their school work so they sat near Taco Bell to connect to the free Wi-Fi.”Salinas City Elementary School District released a statement later the same day saying the students were theirs and that they had worked to get them help.”We immediately identified the students belonging to SCESD, and since then, have provided the family with a hotspot so that our students can safely access classroom instruction from home,” read a statement from the school district. The district said that if families are having a difficult time accessing distance learning, they should contact the district information technology department for help and support phone number at 831-784-2272 which is staffed from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. They can also be reached by email at [email protected] County Supervisor Luis Alejo took to Twitter to speak out against the digital divide. “We must do better & solve this digital divide once & for all for all California students,” Alejo tweeted. Former California Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leόn weighed in. “This is California, home to Silicon Valley…but where the digital divide is as deep as ever,” said de Leόn on Twitter. “Where 40% of all Latinos don’t have internet access. This generation deserves better.”

A photo of two kids using the Wi-Fi outside of a Taco Bell in East Salinas has gone viral with calls from community members and local elected officials to do better.

The photo was first posted to Instagram with the caption, ” These 2 young girls were looking for a place with Wi-Fi to do their school work so they sat near Taco Bell to connect to the free Wi-Fi.”

Salinas students access distance learning outside of Taco Bell

Salinas City Elementary School District released a statement later the same day saying the students were theirs and that they had worked to get them help.

“We immediately identified the students belonging to SCESD, and since then, have provided the family with a hotspot so that our students can safely access classroom instruction from home,” read a statement from the school district.

The district said that if families are having a difficult time accessing distance learning, they should contact the district information technology department for help and support phone number at 831-784-2272 which is staffed from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. They can also be reached by email at [email protected]

Monterey County Supervisor Luis Alejo took to Twitter to speak out against the digital divide.

“We must do better & solve this digital divide once & for all for all California students,” Alejo tweeted.

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Former California Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leόn weighed in.

“This is California, home to Silicon Valley…but where the digital divide is as deep as ever,” said de Leόn on Twitter. “Where 40% of all Latinos don’t have internet access. This generation deserves better.”

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