Is there a cost to parents associated with their child receiving a laptop?
A $50 fee per student will be collected to cover insurance costs. However, families of 2 students enrolled at a 1:1 school will pay a reduced fee of $75 and families of 3 or more students enrolled at a 1:1 school will pay reduced fee of $100. You can pay by writing one check and turning it in at your child's school. Make sure to include your other student(s) name, school and grade on the check. Also, you may print and fill out this FORM to submit when turning in the fee to help in tracking multiple students in your family.
(All student's name, school and grade must be documented when paid.)
Those costs consist of:
•Theft Burglary / Robbery
Will there be parent nights this year?
1:1 Parent Night Dates
Who Should Attend?
- Parents of all 6th, 11th (Non Honors Program), 12th Graders
- **Any student 6th - 12th new to the district
**New students to the district should attend the night at your child's school. 9th Grade parents can attend any meeting at any location.
August 15th - 11th Grade Parents - 6:00 PM
August 16th - 12th Grade Parents - 6:00 PM
August 23rd - 6th Grade Parents - 5:30 PM
August 25th - New 7th and 8th Grade Parents - 5:30 PM
Bon Lin MS
August 25th - 6th Grade Parents, New 7th and 8th Grade Parents - 7:00 PM
Elmore Park MS
August 25th - 6th Grade Parents, New 7th and 8th Grade Parents - 5:30 PM
September 1st - 6th Grade Parents, New 7th and 8th Grade Parents - 6:30 PM
Where did the Under 13 Apple ID link go?
Parents are no longer required to create an ID for their child. Apple has changed their Apple ID management, and we will be rolling that out soon.
What new devices will our students receive?
All students grades 6th - 12th will receive a MacBook Air laptop.
When will students receive these new tools?
Round 1 of the distribution will be all of the students that had a laptop last year and occur in August. Round 2 will be all the new students receiving laptops and occur in early September.
How will teachers and staff be trained and is the training ongoing?
The district will provide ongoing training for the 1:1 initiative via staff meetings, video conferencing, online training and teachers and staff will collaborate during coordinated times.
How does a 1:1 initiative in the classroom differ from accustomed learning methods?
A 1:1 initiative allows students to learn:
•At their own pace
•Outside the classroom
Will Internet access be safe?
The district already has filters in place to block inappropriate websites. It’s also important to note that the district will provide training for students regarding district internet procedures, policies and internet safety.
What if we don’t have internet access at home?
There are several locations around town that host internet access for free. Comcast is also offering internet service for $9.95/month for families that receive free or reduced price lunches. Information for that service can be found at https://www.internetessentials.com.
Can the student(s) access non-educational and inappropriate content?
The District filters Internet access to any device that is connected to the district network infrastructure whether wired or wireless. This is a requirement of the Children Internet Protection Act (CIPA) from the federal government. The District will also provide a filter for the laptops when they are accessing the internet off campus.
Will there be ancillary equipment/products that parents are required to purchase?
Students will be required to have a padded backpack built for carrying a laptop. A protective sleeve for the laptop, that fits in the backpack will suffice. Students will also be allowed to purchase a clear plastic case, but the cases are not required. However, if a student chooses to add stickers to his or her laptop for personalization, a case must be purchased to put those stickers on. Stickers or other markings placed directly on the laptop will be considered damage and the parents will be liable for the repairs. (Model #: A1465)
What training is available for parents who are unfamiliar with the laptop?
A mandatory overview training will be required for parents and students receiving a laptop for the first time, early in the fall before the actual 1:1 rollout. Parent training will also be offered throughout the year at the school level. In addition, Apple.com offers many online tutorials. Other resources online have great tutorials as well.
What will be the consequences for misuse or inappropriate use of the laptop?
Details will be provided in our Responsible Use Policy.
How will students print/submit work?
Students will be able to submit work to their teachers through our online learning platform Edmodo or their District assigned email accounts. Although we won't be completely paperless, we are encouraging not to print.
How will work submitted electronically be graded and communicated back to the parents?
Parents will be able to setup an Edmodo account as well that is tied in to their students account. This will give the parent access to assignments from the child’s teacher. Grades will also continue to be posted in PowerSchool.
What should a parent do if they want the device to stay at school?
Although discouraged, a parent may request with the principal to allow his or her student to leave the device at school. However, the student will still be responsible for any work that is required to be done at home. Parents will also be responsible for any damage that occurs to the laptop while at school.