Every student is provided with a Chromebook for the duration of the school year. Chromebooks will be used in class for a variety of activities and assignments as well as homework.
- Students are expected to take home their Chromebooks every night.
- After completing any homework or other schoolwork, students should allow their Chromebooks to charge overnight.
- Students are expected to bring their Chromebook to school fully charged, which should last the entire school day. There are no charging stations available at school except for emergency situations.
- There are no “backup” or “loaner” Chromebooks available is a student forgets his or her device at home and having the device with them and ready to use is an expectation for all students.
- Students should keep their Chromebook charger at home.
- Students should not use Chromebooks for non-school related work, Internet browsing or other uses.
- Students or guardians should not adjust any settings unless instructed to do so by the classroom teacher or other school official. Chromebooks may be updated remotely to remove unauthorized settings or changes.
- Remember, Chromebooks remain the property of IPSD 204 and may be monitored by the school district for any reason without notice.
- Students are reminded to never share their usernames or passwords with anyone else and to not log in using another student’s account. Doing say may result in losing the privilege of using Chromebooks.
Damage to Chromebooks
- If a Chromebook is damaged, DO NOT attempt to repair it yourself. Instead, return the device to your classroom teacher.
- DO NOT open Chromebooks or attempt to repair, replace or upgrade parts.
- Attempting to repair your Chromebook yourself may result in further damage that may be more costly than paying for the original damage.
- If unauthorized repairs are discovered on Chromebooks, you may still be charged the full cost of replacing or repairing it with district authorized parts, even if the device functions properly.
- The cost for lost or damaged Chromebooks varies based on the amount of damage or if the device is a total loss. Because the Chromebooks are the property of IPSD 204, families are fully responsible for the cost to repair or replace Chromebooks.
It is important to remember that Chromebooks remain the property of IPSD and must be treated respectfully, responsibility and safely.
Here are some basic guidelines and tips:
- To ensure a full charge, we recommend plugging your Chromebook in to charge as soon as the student gets home from school and to keep in plugged in while working on homework or other assignments. After finishing homework, students should double check that the power cord is securely attached to the Chromebook as it can sometimes slip out while being used. Then, the Chromebook can be charged for the remainder of the night to get a full charge for the next day.
- Only take the Chromebooks out when you are seated at a suitable work area such as a desk or table. Chromebooks should not be taken out on the bus, while walking or other situations.
- To avoid crushing or otherwise damaging Chromebooks, students should remove their backpacks before sitting down (including while on the bus or in a vehicle). The pressure between the student’s back and the seat back can crush the device or crack the screen.
- Do not leave your Chromebook on the floor, a chair or other place where someone could accidentally walk, step or sit on it.
- All food and drinks should be kept away from the Chromebook. Chromebooks should not be used in kitchens or dining areas when food or liquids are present. Please be sure to remove food and beverages from the work area when using a Chromebook or when the Chromebook is charging. While at school, students should keep water bottles and food off their desks while working on a Chromebook.
- During inclement weather, students should double check that the Chromebook, when placed in their backpack, will not be exposed to rain, snow, ice, mud or dust.
- Chromebooks should be kept away from pets or other animals that may shed on or damage the device.
- Students may not place any stickers, decals or covers on their Chromebooks, even if they are removable. The ONLY cover allowed is the one provided by IPSD. The paper insert inside this cover should clearly include the student’s name and homeroom and can be decorated by the student as long as the decorations are respectful, responsible and safe. If a student’s case insert contains inappropriate material or content, it may be removed and discarded by a faculty or staff member and the student may lose the privilege to decorate it.
- Protective sleeves designed for the device are acceptable but can only be used to transport the device to and from school and must be left in the student’s backpack when arriving at school.
- Families are encouraged to determine a safe place to store and charge the Chromebook each night. It is recommended that the Chromebook not be left in the student’s room, but rather a common area of the home where usage can be monitored.
- Families should also take steps to prevent the power cord from accidentally being tripped on, pulled or otherwise moved in a way that may cause the Chromebook to fall.
- Also be sure to consider if the Chromebook could be pulled off a table or desk by its cord and injure any children in the house.
- It is strongly recommended that Chromebooks be plugged into a surge protector that is designed to protect the device from unexpected power surges. Damage as the result of power issues will be the student’s responsibility. Families are cautioned, however, from plugging in too many devices or connecting multiple power strips together as this is both a fire hazard and can affect the surge protection features.
- Please clean Chromebooks according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Specially, avoid using water or soap to clean the outside, screen or keyboard as even a small amount of moisture can cause damage (this includes wipes). You should also avoid any cleaners that contain ammonia, bleach or other harsh chemicals as this can cause damage to the device’s surfaces or inside. Care should be used even when using products advertised to be designed for cleaning electronics because some of these can contain moisture or other ingredients that can damage devices if not used properly. In general, the best away to keep a Chromebook clean is to kept it clear of moisture, food, dirt, dust, hair or other things that can leave marks.
- Students should avoid accessing unsecured wireless networks with Chromebooks, especially ones in public places, as there are increasing cases of this being the source of malicious attacks on users’ devices.
- If your home wifi network is not protected by a passkey or other security setting, it is strongly recommend that one be added before a Chromebook is added (this is a good safety tip for your other devices too).
- Students should not use public USB charging stations to charge Chromebooks as these are also susceptible to attack.
- When connecting to wifi networks out of school, pay close attention to the name of the one you pick, especially if you are in a public place or live in a place that receives multiple wifi signals. There are increasing cases of devices being exploited because they connect to “fake” wifi networks that have similar or identical names to the “real” ones.
- In order to use Chromebooks outside of school to complete assignments, Internet access is required in almost all cases.
- Eligible households can get lower cost Internet in home through programs such as Comcast’s Internet Essentials or AT&T’s Access. Check which service providers are available at your residence.
- If you do not have Internet access at home (or there is a technical issue with it), public libraries are a good place to go for free access. However, students should avoid using unsecured wifi networks in public places if possible. Ask if there is a secure network available (typically this requires a passkey).
- While coffee shops and other businesses also often offer free wifi, these networks are often unsecured and also typically have food and beverages around, which can increase the risk of damage.