Where’s the WiFi?
By ALEXA ALBICOCCO
It is a common complaint heard among Jericho High School students that the Wi-Fi connectivity does not meet their needs, especially in certain places in the school such as the cafeteria and the gym.
While using personal devices, students find it even harder to access the Wi-Fi . Freshman Tatum W. said, “It’s very slow and needs to be improved. I always have to go off Wi-Fi to get a signal, which is costing my parents money because it goes onto my data plan.” The lack of connection can sometimes interfere with the ability to complete school assignments. Sophomore Nora S. said, “It’s harder to check PowerSchool and submit homework onto Canvas.”
Freshman Katie D. doesn’t find the Wi-Fi to be a problem while working on school devices such as an iPad or Chromebook and said, “It’s faster and more accessible.” On the other hand, freshman Alice K. said, “Sometimes, the connection is bad and we can’t work on them. We have to keep on refreshing or get another device.”
One of the major complaints from students is the belief that Snapchat, as well as many other social media apps, are blocked. Freshman Jamie S. is one of the many students who finds this situation frustrating. She said, “The Wi-Fi itself isn’t so bad, but they block a lot of things which is kind of annoying.” According to Director of Technology Ms. Alesi, the school doesn’t specifically block Snapchat, but there is a web filtering device that blocks inappropriate content.
There are possibilities to improve Wi-Fi connectivity by increasing the number of access points. In fact, the school has taken action to improve the Wi-Fi for students in the cafeteria by having just added a second access point in it.
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