Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 6/8/2020 - 6:00 PM
Category: Business/Action Items
Type: Action
Subject: 18.15 Review and Potential Approval of Purchase: 600 T-Mobile Hotspots
LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) Goal:
Goal 1: All students will receive a high quality education in a safe and welcoming environment with equitable and high expectations, access to technology, and instruction in the California State Standards that prepare them for college and/or career.
Goal 3: Parents, family, and community will be informed, engaged and empowered as partners with Mt. Diablo Unified to support student learning.
Policy:
Enclosure: TMobile Agreement
TMobie Quote
File Attachment:
TMobile Hot Spot Agreement.pdf
Summary: The California Department of Education and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) provided a California Teleconnect Fund to support districts in meeting the needs of students during the COVID-19 crisis. Their provision of hotspots ensures a 50 percent discount on the monthly recurring services charges for mobile data services that allow districts to meet the needs of student that do not have internet access at home. MDUSD applied for and was granted the opportunity to purchase up to 1200 hotspots.

As a result of our budget situation and based on the results of preliminary surveys and reports from our Student Services Department, we have entered into an agreement with TMobile for 600 hotspots for 12 months at a cost of $180/hotspot for the data plan. Each hotspot unlimited data plan is $20/month for 12 months, with a discount of 3 months upon receipt.

Based on the parameters of the program, the hotspots will be delivered after the contract is signed and submitted, and they will be turned on at that time. The hotspots also come with built-in Titan HQ filtering, similar to the filtering on our internet services that prevent students from going to inappropriate sites. If a device is lost, it will be replaced free of charge up to 6% of the total number purchased. Once received, they will be owned by MDUSD.

The devices will be prioritized for those students identified by school staff and the Student Services Department, especially our homeless and foster youth students. If there is a need in the school year for more devices and a funding source is identified, we will be able to purchase more through TMobile or other service providers.

The cost of the 600 hotspots is $114,000 and CARES Act funding will be utilized for the expense.
Funding: Federal CARES Act funding, COVID-19
Fiscal Impact $114,000
Recommendation: Approve purchase of TMobile hotspots as presented
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Niccole Helton - Administrative Assistant
Signed By:
Elizabeth McClanahan - Director of Purchasing and Warehouse
Signed By:
Mika Arbelbide - Director of Budget
Signed By:
Dr. Lisa Gonzales - Chief Business Officer
Signed By:
Robert Martinez - Superintendent