Battle Lake Public Schools ISD #542
One-to-One Program Handbook
There will be an optional orientation session to introduce parents to the 1:1 program and proper use of chromebooks.
Before a device can be issued, the following must be complete:
If the student experiences technical difficulties with the equipment supplied by the District, there will be a support system in place to assist him/her. Students can ask/approach the Help Desk in the Library to get assistance with technical issues from 7:45 AM to 8:15 AM Monday through Friday on days when school is in session. If problems arise during class, the student should inform his/her teacher.
Whether on school property or at home, users must adhere to the District Online Acceptable Use Policy while using School District technology and equipment. Users may also be accountable for content accessed and downloaded at home and brought into the school network. Inappropriate, unauthorized, and illegal use of the Internet or district e-mail service may result in the cancellation of privileges and appropriate disciplinary action.
Home Internet access is not necessary for use of a Battle Lake School District device. Students can access Google Drive with or without Internet. They can use their wireless connection with the Chromebook to connect to the Internet. The content will still be filtered regardless of location through the school’s network.
In compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the Battle Lake School District filters Internet content accessed using the school district network. The filter extends to home use when accessing the Internet on a district owned device. Parental supervision is expected while the district equipment is being used at home in adherence of District Online Acceptable Use . Students are encouraged to be resourceful, using study halls wisely and planning accordingly if Internet access is needed to complete an assignment and it is not available at home.
When turned on, the district device is designed to automatically pick up any wireless Internet signal in the area. Be aware the risk of utilizing an unsecure wireless connection. Your data is not confidential on an unsecure wireless connection.
To connect your Chromebook:
Personal responsibility on the part of the student is a goal and a key for the success of this program. The devices are expensive pieces of equipment.
Damages, Repairs and Replacement:
Students are responsible for the general care of the devices that have been issued by the District, but should never attempt to repair any damages. Devices that are in need of repair or fail to work properly must be taken to the Help Desk in the Media Center during hours open or report to their teacher as soon as possible who will enter a tech request to alert district technicians. Repairs will be handled as promptly as possible and a replacement device may be used if available. Students are still responsible for all work missed. District-owned devices should never be taken to an outside computer service for any type of repairs or maintenance.
The following recommendations are general guidelines for taking care of District devices; however, these recommendations do not limit the liability for the care of District devices.
The device screen can be damaged if subjected to heavy objects, rough treatment, some cleaning solvents, and other liquids. The screens are particularly sensitive to damage from excessive pressure. For these reasons:
Students are encouraged to use their devices at home and other locations outside of school. A WiFi Internet connection will be required for the majority of device use, however, some applications cannot be used without internet connection. Be aware that data is not secure when using an open WiFi signal. Students are bound by the The Responsible Use of Technology and Equipment Agreement, administrative procedures, Online Acceptable Use Policy, and all other guidelines in this document wherever they use their devices.
Students may not use or install any operating system on their device other than the current version of the device’s operating system that is supported and managed by the District.
While working in a digital and collaborative environment, students should always conduct themselves as good digital citizens by adhering to the following:
1. Q: How much will I need to pay to replace damaged or lost devices?
A: The equipment will remain the property of The Battle Lake Public School District at all times and is on loan to the student. If the student’s equipment is lost, the student and/or parent/guardian will be charged the full replacement cost of that equipment. In the event of accidental, negligent, malicious, or willful damage to the equipment, the student and/or parent/guardian will be responsible for repairs or replacing the equipment at full cost. The cost for common replacement parts are listed here in this handbook
2. Q: How will technical issues and repairs be handled?
A: If the student experiences technical difficulties with the equipment supplied by the District, there will be a number of support systems in place to assist him/her. During school days, students can visit the Help Desk (room across from the cafeteria) to get assistance with technical issues from 7:30 AM to 8:15 AM. If there is an issue during class the student should inform their teacher. Students are still responsible for all work while their Chromebook is being repaired.
3. Q: What if a student’s device is stolen?
A: If the student’s equipment is lost, the student and/or the parent/guardian may be charged the full replacement cost of the equipment. Parents/Guardians are advised to consult their homeowner’s insurance provider to see if their policy covers damages to, theft of, and/or loss of devices.
4. Q: Will parents/guardians receive training on this equipment?
A: Parents/Guardians and students are required to sign and complete the BLHS 1:1 Responsible Use of Technology and Equipment Agreement. In addition, parents/guardians and students could attend an optional information session that will be available annually. The information session will provide an overview of the one to one device program.
5. Q: When will my son/daughter receive his/her device?
A: Devices will be issued during the school day on a pre-determined date. In order for a student to take the device home, both the student and a parent/guardian must sign the BLHS 1:1 Responsible Use of Technology and Equipment Agreement.
6. Q: What will students do with their devices if they are not bringing them home?
A: Only students whose parents have elected not to have the device go home every night will turn in the device to the appropriate location. Those students will be responsible for returning Chromebooks each afternoon to the building’s designated location.
7. Q: What kind of Internet connection do I need?
A: In order to access the Internet with the District device, you will need a broadband Internet connection (such as DSL or Cable). These machines will not be able to access the Internet with a dial-up connection. A Chromebook can connect with only wireless.
8. Q: What if I don’t have Internet at home?
A: Home Internet access is not necessary for a Battle Lake School District (District) device. Google Drive will be synchronized with the device and therefore available offline. However not all of the apps will work.
9. Q: My child already has a computer at home. Do I need another one?
A: No, parents/guardians are free to opt out of the take-home device program. However, students will still be expected to complete coursework, which may require extensive time on the device at home. Not having a district device at home will not exempt the student from class requirements.
10. Q: Will other members of the household be permitted to use the device?
A: No, the District-owned device is issued to the individual student only and is limited to the purpose of doing his/her school work.
11. Q: How will students print at home using a district device?
A. Most student work can be submitted to teachers electronically. Printing will still be available in the Library. Students may set up their home printers with the Google Cloud Print solution to print from their devices at home. Information about Google Cloud Print can be obtained here: http://www.google.com/cloudprint/learn
12. Q: Will the school’s content filter work when I’m on the Internet outside of school?
A: In compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the District filters Internet content accessed using the school network. The filter extends to accessing the Internet on the District device regardless of the location. Parental supervision is encouraged while the District equipment is being used at home. Inappropriate, unauthorized, and illegal use of the Internet or district services may result in the cancellation of privileges and/or appropriate disciplinary action.
13. Q: What are the consequences for misusing the computer?
A: Any violation of the terms and conditions of District policies shall make the violator subject both to restriction of the use of technological resources and/or to disciplinary action through the Code of Student Behavior, as applicable. In some instances, as deemed necessary by the appropriate disciplinary channels, violation of these terms and conditions may result in removal of a student’s at-home use of District technology without removal of in-school technology use. In cases of extreme or illegal violations, legal action may be taken against the student and/or other participants through the crime code.
14. Q: What if the student forgets his/her device or doesn’t have a fully charged battery?
A: If a student does not bring his/her device to school or his/her device is not fully charged, the student will have the option to check one out for the day from the Media Center or be subject to the classroom teacher's policy regarding coming to class unprepared. Repeated offenses may result in disciplinary action.
15. Q: Can students connect their own digital devices (cameras, iPod, etc.) to the device?
A: All District devices have USB ports; therefore, most external devices with a USB cord can be connected to the District device.