Why are we doing this?
To be consistent with our Mission Statement, the Hermitage School District has an obligation to prepare students for an ever-changing world, one that sees technological advancements happening at a rapid rate. We believe that every student has a right to an education that prepares them for further education and/or future employment, and develops the skills that they must have as citizens of the 21st Century: creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. As our District moves towards 1:1, we will ensure that every student in every class will have the opportunity to learn in an engaging environment reflective of the world that surrounds all of us.
What will this cost and who is paying for it?
A primary goal of the initiative is to create a 21st Century learning environment, in a fiscally responsible manner. Just as the District currently provides high quality textbooks and other instructional materials for students, the district will supply quality devices to meet the instructional demands of today's learners. Chromebooks are instructional tools, and the District is looking closely at the spending patterns on current instructional materials and supplies, in order to reallocate funds towards this initiative. Additionally, the district will be implementing an annual Technology Usage Fee.
What is the Technology Usage Fee?
Effective for the 2017-2018 school year, all students in grades 8-12 will pay an annual Technology Usage Fee to offset the cost of the Chromebooks. The fee will be set by the School Board. Once determined, the details will be communicated to parents and students and also published on this page.
What happens if the device is damaged or needs repaired?
The District has purchased insurance that will cover accidental damage of the Chromebook for the initial 3 years. Any Chromebook which is lost or stolen will be the responsibility of the student to replace under the direction of the District. During the first 3 years, any defects, failures or damage determined to be accidental will be repaired by the District at no cost to the student. Any Chromebook abused or intentionally damaged will be repaired at the expense of the student. For incident damage beyond insurance coverage, the student will be responsible for the cost of the replacement parts. The cost of replacements parts will be posted on the District website and can change based on the model and availability.
Can I use my own case?
No. Students must use the case that the District has purchased. The District researched several cases and selected the one that we felt offered the best protection.
Can I decorate or alter the case?
Students may not modify or decorate the case in any way. Chromebooks or carrying cases that have pencil/pen/magic marker writing on them, stickers or any other marks on them will be viewed as vandalism. There will be an associated cost to restore the Chromebook or case to the original condition if marked up intentionally.
Who owns the Chromebook?
The Hermitage School District owns the Chromebook. Students will receive the same device each school year for the functional life of the device. Therefore, it is very important that the device be taken care of it. You are required to leave all identification and inventory tags in place. Don’t write on the device or attach any stickers to it.
May I take the Chromebook home?
Students may take the device home once the Computer/Network Acceptable Use Policy and the Student Chromebook Acceptance Form are both signed and returned to Mrs. Mlakar in the HHS Library. If for any reason parents do not want the device at home, students may sign them in and out each day. Please call your building for details.
I’m concerned about my student accessing inappropriate information on the Internet. What are you doing about that?
The Hermitage School District is in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and maintains a content filter and firewall for all Internet-enabled computers and equipment on and off the the District's network. We will utilize Securly to both filter and log the content accessed by the Chromebook.
Can a student bring in his/her own device?
All students in grades 8-12 will use the school issued Chromebook while in school. If students bring a multitude of devices that operate differently and don't have a common set of applications, it becomes very difficult for classroom teachers to plan lessons and manage workflow. In addition, one of the goals of going 1:1 is to ensure that all students have access to quality devices that give access to the Internet. Using school-issued devices allows us to ensure that our systems are optimized to meet the needs of the classroom.
What are the polices and procedures?
If I transfer to another School District, what do I do with the Chromebook?
The student must return the Chromebook prior to their last day with the Hermitage School District. Any Chromebook not returned will be locked and legal proceedings may be pursued.
Will faculty or staff be able to access or control the webcam on the Chromebook?
No. Faculty and staff will not have access to remote control the webcam.
How do I carry my Chromebook?
Always carry the Chromebook in its case even when at home. The District supplies always-on style cases for this purpose. Carrying a Chromebook by its screen can damage the hinge and/or display and could result in a chargeable repair.
Where do I keep my Chromebook while at school?
At school, you will carry your Chromebook to all your classes. For any classes not requiring your Chromebook, or during lunch, you must store it in your locked locker or keep it with you. You are responsible for the Chromebook and should never leave it unattended or unsecured.
Is there anything special I should do with my Chromebook at home?
Be sure you plug the Chromebook in overnight so you come to school with a fully charged battery. Bring your Chromebook with you every day to school. You will be responsible if your device is not ready for classwork every day.
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