1:1 FAQsPlease click at any question below for the answer. If you have more questions, please send an eMail to Ron Back, Technology Director.
Will this impact the textbook bill?
The book bill impact will be very minimal. We are removing text books from the bill and putting a cost on for the devices. There will still be some fees for subjects such as art, PE, PLTW, Science, AP, Band, etc. We will not be able to stop all costs due to consumables such as workbooks. The teachers are evaluating the book bills in April and looking at what is a need not a want.
What happens if my child’s device is damaged or lost?
We are purchasing cases that will help prevent damage from dropping. At the high school, normal damage/loss will be covered under the accidental damage protection plan. At the elementary, the first damage is $50 for a cracked screen, and the cost of repair for the second cracked screen damage. See accidental damage protection plans for more information.
How were the devices paid for? Will all grades receive a device?
All devices were paid for from Textbook funds.
Will the textbooks be on the devices?
No, the textbooks will not be on the devices. That would take up too much memory. Many of the textbooks are available on the web and students can access from home if they have internet access. Textbooks will be available if a student does not have this access or the book not available on line. We will be using a blended method and we will not always have the normal chapter to chapter method, but lessons are standard based.
Currently, my child carries a 20 pound backpack to school, will they have to carry two?
In no way should your child be carrying all their books home nightly. Books are available online and students should be able to access them. Students do not need to get an additional backpack. High school laptops will be expected to be carried in a school issued case.
When will we be bookless?
There is no correct answer for this. I love still reading a good book and I believe that for the younger students we will still need to use the “reading book” for a while.
When will my child receive their device?
Grades 7-12 will receive their devices the first two days of school. Grades 3-6 will receive devices at open house. Grades K-2 devices will be in the classrooms.
Will my child have an email address?
Yes, each child in grades 3-12 will be provided an email address. This will be a filtered email. Grades 3-8 will only have internal email. Grades 9-12 would have access to outside emails.
My child goes to the Southeastern Career Center, can he leave his laptop in his locker?
Your child may lock their laptop in the locker. The Career Center may also require the students to bring their devices.
In the future, are you going to use docking stations?
We do not have plans to add docking stations at this time.
Will the students take the laptops/ IPads home?
Yes the students will be able to use the devices at home in most grade levels. K-2 will not take them home.
Can a family member use the device?
Yes, with limitations. Family members cannot access inappropriate material just as the student cannot. Younger siblings should be monitored as the student is still responsible for damage.
How can a child do work or get online if they do not have internet at home?
Most things can be downloaded on the device at school. Also, many places in town have wireless access such as library or restaurants.
If we already have a laptop/ IPad, is my child able to use their own instead of renting one from school?
No we need the students to have the same device to be able to send apps to the devices, etc. We also do not want the responsibility of a device being damaged at school that does not belong to us.
Can my child download music on their device?
Students are not permitted to download media players (iTunes, Spotify, etc.), and are not permitted to download music to their device. Doing so takes up too much memory.
Will my child have to turn in the device at the end of the school year?
Yes, we will collect all devices and re-image them. We will clean them and remove any data, music, pictures, etc. Students will be able to put their items on a “cloud” to save it.
My child takes great care of their device and then you collect it at the end of the year. Can they get the same device back?
In almost all cases, the answer is yes. The devices the outgoing seniors used will have to be recycled to the seventh graders of the following year.
Will my child bring home the device each night?
Students in grades 3-12 will be able to bring the device home nightly. They will complete homework and even email it to teachers if they have internet access. Students that do not have access may email while they are at school. Students will be responsible to charge their device at night. It would be our recommendation that the parents purchase a surge protector that the child uses when charging.
Will my student have access to inappropriate material?
We would love to say no and that remain true in every situation. Does the school have a filtering system? YES. However, the students are more tech savvy than us at times and figure a way around our filtering. Students will be held accountable at school for any type of inappropriate misuse of the device at school or at home. This device will also be filtered at home.
Will a fully charged battery work all day at school?
The batteries in the devices should last for 10 hours on a full charge. Each student should only charge their device in the evening while they sleep. Students are not be permitted to charge their device at school, as we do not have enough plugs for everyone, so an expectation is charging the device nightly. It is imperative that students only charge the devices at night so the batteries get “used to” only being charged at night and last longer.
Do you have policies in place for dealing with bullying?
The school is currently examining and reevaluating all technology policies. The current law that is in place for bullying will stand with the new policies.
Can JCD still monitor the use of the device while at home?
Yes, JCD filters will still apply to home use.