NOTE: During the COVID-19 pandemic, we introduced Epic Free to give students free access to our library during remote learning. As of July 22, 2021, Epic Free users will be automatically transitioned to Epic Basic, through which they can get 1 free book a day, every day. Epic School will continue to be free to educators and their students and is available for use from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. local time, Monday-Friday.
Thank you for going above and beyond this year to enable your students to read and learn remotely during school closures. You told us that you didn’t want your students’ joy, exploration and reading progress to come to a halt with the end of the school year. We heard you.
Starting July 1st, all families who signed up for Remote Student Access will be able to enjoy a brand new service, Epic Free, which offers every student 2 hours of free weekly reading in a limited library of high-quality, educational books.
What do I need to do to provide my students access to Epic Free?
If you already invited your students’ families to set up an account for Remote Student Access, there’s nothing else you or your families need to do! Kids can continue reading at home on Epic throughout the summer and beyond simply by logging in through that Parent account. We will send an email to families using RSA before the end of June letting them know about their automatic transition to Epic Free.
If you are an educator new to Epic or have not yet shared Remote Student Access with your families, it’s not too late! You can invite families to Remote Student Access through June 30, 2020. After that, you can invite families to Epic Free using the same instructions. Learn how to get started here.
How is Epic Free different from Remote Student Access?
To quickly respond to widespread school closures, Epic created a temporary Remote Student Access offer, allowing students and their families free access to Epic Unlimited with an invitation from a teacher through June 30, 2020. Epic Unlimited includes 40,000 books, audiobooks, and learning videos, including all our premium content. We developed Epic Free as a way for students to keep reading and learning all year long, including throughout the summer and after school hours.
Epic Free will include:
- 2 hours of weekly free reading per student (timer resets every Monday)
- A limited selection of high-quality educational books, both fiction and nonfiction (including Read-To-Me books)
Epic Free will NOT include:
- Premium books (both fiction and nonfiction)
- Learning videos
How do kids and parents log in to Epic Free?
If your students are already using Remote Student Access, there will be no change to how they log in today. Parents should visit www.getepic.com/sign-in and enter the same parent email and password that was used to set up their Parent account. It is important to recognize that they will have access to their complete reading history, but a smaller library of books than they did with Remote Student Access.
My school is in session this summer. Will my students be able to use the class code?
We serve a global community of educators who will be returning to their classrooms at different times of the year when it is safe to do so. The class code may only be used from 6AM – 4PM when students are accessing Epic from within a physical school building. If you would like your students to access Epic remotely as well, please invite them to Epic Free.
What will happen during Back To School, if my school is still teaching remotely?
These last few months have brought so much change and uncertainty for all of us! We can say with certainty that we are committed to keeping learning on Epic FREE to educators to use in their classrooms, whether remotely or in person, when students return to school in the Fall. Please stay tuned. Follow our social channels (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) and watch your email for an update coming in July.
Still have questions?
Check out our FAQ on the new Epic Free here.