Does every student have to receive a Chromebook?
With the integration of digital technology necessary to prepare students well for work and study after high school graduation, Chromebooks have been identified as an essential school supply for all students today. Because these tools will be used in all classrooms and subject areas, we have planned to assign one to each student in grades 8-11.
What if my student has their own laptop or Chromebook?
The assigned Chromebooks are provisioned with particular software tools and secure browsers identified as necessary for certain required school activities. School Chromebooks may only be used upon log in with a school district username and password. These school accounts are under the district's administrative control with students' actions and history recorded.
How do we ensure these Chromebooks aren't contributing to too much screen time for students?
The American Academy of Pediatrics reminds us, "All children and teens need adequate sleep (8-12 hours, depending on age), physical activity (1 hour), and time away from media. Designate media-free times together (e.g., family dinner) and media-free zones (e.g., bedrooms). Children should not sleep with devices in their bedrooms, including TVs, computers, and smartphones." Use their online tools to build a Family Media Plan
. (In English and en Espanol) Remember, too, that not all screen time is created equal. Creative production and active pro-social communication are generally less problematic for teens than passive consumption of videos and games.
How can I ensure my student is practicing safe internet browsing?
The web filtering provided on Chromebooks is consistent with both Federal regulations (CIPA), as well as current community standards and sites considered unsafe to visit (e.g. malware, proxy sites). We use tools called Iprism and Relay for filtering. The web filtering categories currently blocked include some of the following:
- Non-educational games
- Social media
- Guns and weapons
- Adult content
- Violence and Hate
All computers/devices on the district’s network are subject to the web filter. As Chromebooks travel home with students, there is programming on them that forces them to utilize the district’s filter when not on the district’s network (i.e. at home, Starbucks).
Parents/guardians are also key partners in monitoring and keeping students safe online.
What if we don't have wireless access at home?
Several options exist for using the Chromebook away from schools,even for families who do not subscribe to wireless access. The Chromebooks can be use "offline." In the opening days of school, students will be taught how to use their Chromebooks in this way to complete assignments, even using material downloaded from the Internet and saved while at school. Directions for this are available for students under the Chromebook Resources section of this website.
Comcast and Verizon provide low cost internet for qualifying families. See here for more information:
Can I personalize my Chromebook and/or case?
Students may put reusable non-stick "cling" style school-appropriate attachments (skins) to their devices. Chromebook cases may be personalized as students choose so long as the integrity/structure of the case is not altered so as still to offer full protection to the device inside. Cases and skins must be removed when the Chromebook is turned in at the end of the year.
Can I use my Chromebook at home to listen to music, play games, or watch movies?
Listening to music, watching movies, and playing games on your device at home is allowed if the content is school and age appropriate and you have permission from your parent/guardian.