published on August 19, 2016 - 7:58 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Fresno Unified students who take the bus will have access to free Wi-Fi starting this school year.

“Fresno Unified students ride our school buses more than 5 million times during the course of a school year and we want to make sure they are able to study and stay on top of their school work and on track to graduate,” said Superintendent Michael Hanson. “The bus ride home will never be the same for our students. They can consider a Fresno Unified bus ride a mobile study hall.” 

Students can access the free Wi-Fi by using the username “FUSD_BUS” and entering the passcode “iamready” on their mobile devices, lap tops or tablets.

All web traffic on the school buses is content filtered to ensure students have an educational and safe web experience that aligns with student expectations around digital citizenship.

Fresno Unified’s Transportation Department buses travel more than 1.5 million miles each school year and transport more than 5 million riders to and from school. The ridership total does not include the number of students who receive rides for arts, athletics or activities.

More than 60 percent of the district’s 74,000 students participate in arts, athletics or activities.

The district’s fleet includes 99 school buses.

Fresno Unified is one of only a few school districts in the state providing internet access on school buses. According to Converge Magazine, only 5 percent of California school districts report providing Wi-Fi on buses. 

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