By Gabriela Gutierrez
East Los Angeles College is allowing students to access the school Wi-Fi on campus as a result of COVID-19.
ELAC has opened the ground floor of parking structure number four (P4) for students who need a place to study or access to Wi-Fi, all from the comfort of their vehicle.
The structure is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
However, hours of operation are subject to change.
According to the announcement posted by the school on students’ LACCD accounts, students who use the parking structure must always remain in their vehicles.
Students must check-in and sign out when they leave, take all trash with them and are not allowed to use the restrooms or the water fountains on campus.
To access the Wi-Fi, students can sign in with their school ID number, beginning with 88 or 90, and use their MyCollege.laccd.edu password. Students are then asked to accept the terms and conditions before being redirected to the campus website, confirming they have received access.
According to the LACCD website ELAC is the only school allowing students to use the school Wi-Fi.
The parking structure located on the corner of Collegian Avenue and West Floral Drive is mostly quiet aside from the surrounding traffic and is sparse enough for students to practice social distancing safely.
There is only one entrance and exit accessible to the parking lot. Several signs have been placed within the structure to indicate where students can park.
The Wi-Fi network is named LACCDstudents. Since it is a special network created specifically for the parking structure, it was given a different name from the network students would normally use while on campus.
Prior to dealing with Covid-19 the Wi-Fi would not reach most parking lots on campus. Students had to be on the campus’s main grounds to have reliable Wi-Fi connection.
As said in the school’s announcement, the Wi-Fi parking has been established because ELAC is committed to supporting to complete educational goals.
Students are not allowed to use the school Wi-Fi for anything other than school-related work.
Students can make an appointment to save a parking spot by going to https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/13577de0faecbefc0ae7-laccdparking.
For added convenience, the website to sign in also shares how many slots have been occupied out of a total of 100.
However, there is the option to drive to the parking structure without an appointment, as spaces are also granted on a first-come-first-serve basis.