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Frequently Asked Questions

What if my child loses or damages the device?

Just as with a textbook or library book, your child is responsible to take care of and keep track of their Chromebook or PC. We do have an insurance plan that will take care of fixing or replacing Chromebooks or PCs in those rare exceptions of damage or theft.  However, the district reserves the right to charge the user full cost of repair or replacement when damage or loss is intentional or due to gross negligence as determined by district administration.

What if we don’t want our child to bring this device to and from school?

Your child will need their Chromebook or PC DAILY at school, as it will be used in a minimum of one class daily. They will need their Chromebook or PC at home EVERY evening so they can complete their homework for a minimum of one class (and so they can CHARGE their device for learning the next day). 

What if a student forgot to charge their device and the battery is dead?

One of the best ways to avoid this issue is to consistently remind students to charge the device at home every night. They are expected to bring the device to school charged every day. If they fail to do so, each classroom will be equipped with a spare power cable.

What if a student forgot to bring the device to school?

If a student forgets to bring their device to school, the student may miss out on device-related instructional activities that day. Please help us help your student bring their device to/from school daily! Each school has a very small number of “loaner” devices. Priority for these loaners goes to students who experience equipment issues outside their control. When available, a student who forgot their device may be issued a “loaner” device by the school.   “Loaner” devices are not to be taken off-campus and must be checked in before leaving school.

What happens if a student’s device is broken after check out?

The student will bring the broken device to school to turn it in. A loaner/spare may be checked out on the spot to minimize loss of instructional time. The student is liable for loss or damage to the spare while it’s in his or her possession. Once the student’s original device is repaired, the student will be notified to swap the loaner for the original device. If the damage is determined to have been caused by student negligence or gross negligence, there will be a fine assessed for the repair costs, as stated in the 1-1 Student Device Handbook.  

What if the device is lost?

The loss needs to be reported ASAP to your student’s school. The student can then check out a loaner/spare until we settle the lost issue. It is critical that the student maintain good security for the device at all times! Please work with your student to reinforce the importance of taking care of the device and its accessories.  The parent/guardian may be held responsible for the full replacement cost of the laptop.

How will my student be protected from objectionable material?

Filtering software/extensions are installed on each device and student account. Objectionable websites are screened out. However, no filtering system is perfect. Internet safety is taught to students to help them stay away from objectionable material as well as to stay safe online. The filtering software/extensions remain on the device and student accounts when used at home, as well.  If parents/guardians notice any objectionable material, please report the activity to your student’s school.

How does the district filter student accounts and how do I keep my child safe online?

The web filtering provided on student devices and accounts is consistent with both Federal regulations (CIPA), as well district policy regarding considered unsafe to visit (e.g. malware, proxy sites). We use a tool called GoGuardian for filtering. The web filtering categories currently blocked include (but not limited to) the following:

Non-Educational Games

Social Media

Guns and Weapons

Adult Content

Explicit

Violence and Hate

Gambling

Shopping

Chat Rooms

Self-Harm

VPN

Non-Educational Streaming Videos

 

Parents/guardians are also key partners in monitoring and keeping students safe online. Here are some helpful websites:

– Chatting with kids about being online

– Digital Citizenship for Parents

– Social Media Apps Parents Should Know About

– Smart Searching Online 

 

Parents/guardians may want to formalize plans with your students regarding internet use. These agreements can help:

– Family Media Plan

– Customizable Device Contract

Home Internet access is expensive. Are families required to provide Internet access at home?

No, we don’t require families to have Internet access, though it would be very helpful for students. You should know that various internet providers have programs to help families who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.  For more information, please reach out to your internet provider.

Why can’t my student use his/her own computer in the classroom? (BYOD)

There are several reasons why we are providing the same computing devices to all students in school. They include safety, instruction, technical support and equity.

  • Safety: we have installed web filters and have other safety precautions that help prevent students from accessing inappropriate or unsafe websites while at school or home.
  • Instruction: we may have purchased and installed several different software packages on district devices that will not be available on outside computers. The same software, and even the same version, will be installed on student devices as needed, so teachers will be able to quickly and more efficiently teach entire classes or help individual students.
  • Technical Support: We can provide robust technical support through our technical support staff to a limited universe of computing devices. We can’t offer the same level of support to an unlimited universe of devices, which could lead to more computer downtime and lost learning opportunities.
  • Equity: some families do not have access to the latest computer or even a computer at all. If all students are using the same device, they can focus on what they are learning with the device, not on who has which device and what else is on it.
What if I don’t sign the agreement? I don’t want my family to have to be responsible for the laptop.

If no parent or guardian signs the agreement, a student will still get access to a computer when he or she is at school. In order to facilitate this, the student will need to report to a designated area (office, library, etc.) both before and after school to check in and out their laptop. If the student intentionally damages the computer, families still may be liable for the damage, the same as with any piece of school-owned equipment.

Can students install printer drivers or connect with their home printer?

Any documents that require printing can be printed at school. This means there should be no school-required reason for printing at home. If a student chooses to print schoolwork at home, we suggest using the following options:

  • Access the student’s Google Drive files from a web browser on the home computer and print from the home computer.
  • Save the file on a thumb/flash drive and use the home computer to print.
  • Email the file to the student’s email account. Use the home computer to access the web-based Gmail and print from the home computer.
What if I forgot my password?

Ask your teacher or school administration to get it reset.