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Murray High School and Junior High School Parent/Guardian FAQs

1.  Will students have to bring their Chromebooks to school every day?

Yes. There is an expectation that students take their computers home every night and bring them to school, fully charged, every day.

 

2.  What happens if I forget my Chromebook?

The District intends to purchase a few extra devices at the secondary schools to mitigate this issue.  If you forget your Chromebook at home and the school has an available “spare”, you may be able to “sign it out” for the day.  Repeated incidents of “leaving your device at home” may result in disciplinary consequences and your inability to “sign out” a spare device.  See the PowerUp Handbook page 12

 

3.  What accessories will come with the Chromebook?

The Chromebook will come with a power supply for charging. We will also provide a case for the computer. The case will help to protect the Chromebook. Other accessories, should he student want them, will need to be purchased by the family.

 

4.  What happens if I want to purchase my own device case?

You may buy your own case but it must meet district durability standards.

 

5.  Can students personalize their devices?

No stickers or other personalization will be allowed on the device itself. The student's name will be affixed to the Chromebook in a location where the teacher can see it when being used in class.  That label should not be removed.  The carrying case will have the student's name on it and it should not be personalized either. 

6.  What if the device is lost?

If you can’t find your Chromebook, the student/parent may be responsible for paying the replacement cost.  If you lose the power supply that comes with your Chromebook you may be asked to pay 100% of the replacement cost for the power supply.

 

7.  What happens if the device is stolen?

Whether on campus or off campus, when you are not using your device you are responsible for keeping it secured or supervised. It should not be left unattended. Should the Chromebook go missing, your liability is 100% of the replacement cost. If it is determined that a device has been stolen, insurance may cover the cost of one-time replacement provided that a police report has been filed.

8.  What if I drop my device or spill water on the keyboard by accident?

When you damage your Chromebook accidentally the computer’s warranty cannot be used to fix the computer. If it is determined that a device cannot be adequately repaired, insurance may cover the cost of one-time replacement.

 

9.  How does the insurance and/or fee work again?

If there is damage done to the Chromebook or it is lost or stolen, it needs to be reported to the Technology Office immediately.  The Tech office will take care of your insurance deductible reporting.

10.  What happens if the device needs repair?

If there is a problem, we will arrange to have the Chromebook repaired. We will try to provide another Chromebook for you to use during the repair process if there is another device available.

11.  Who will determine whether damage is accidental or covered under insurance or warranty?

Murray School District staff can make this determination but may ultimately defer to the judgment of the computer vendor.

 

12. Will students be able to put additional software on the device?

No software should be loaded without authorization from district Tech Office personnel or the student’s classroom teacher.  Chromebooks are managed in a way that only software we send to the device will be allowed.  Students who try to circumvent this process or the filtering provided on the chromebook will be subject to discipline or revocation of network privileges.

 

13.  What should I do at home to ensure that my child is using the Chromebook in the way intended?

You need to monitor your child’s activity and talk openly with your child about your expectations in regard to where, when, how long, and for what activities the Chromebook is used. These conversations are very important and if held regularly could focus on learning and could be a very positive experience. Students will be using their Chromebook for a variety of interesting projects. Ask them to show you some of the things they are doing.

 

14.  Will there be a filter on the device my child is able to take home?

The District intends to utilize the same CIPA (Child Internet Protection Act) filter technology for Chromebooks that the District currently uses for all other District-owned computers.  The Chromebook will be setup so that the student cannot use the device if it is not being filtered; both at school and off school premises.

 

15.  Will students have a secure place to keep their device at school?

Yes, students in grades 7 – 12 have lockable lockers. Students are responsible to lock their lockers and to immediately report a locker that does not function properly. 

 

16.  Will students be able to charge their Chromebooks at school?

We expect students to bring their Chromebooks to school every day with 100% charge. Under normal conditions the battery’s charge will be sufficient to last for a whole day. If a situation arises where a student needs to charge his/her computer battery at school, limited charging outlets are available at school.

 

17.  Will students be able to use Chromebooks during break times?

Yes.

 

18.  How will students store their data? 

All of the data storage for the Chromebooks will be in the cloud.

 

19.  What should students do about backing up their data?

Instructions on how to back up data will be provided by the student’s classroom teacher.  Additional questions should be posed to the District’s Technology Office.

 

20.  How does MCSD Student email Work?

Students will be assigned email accounts through the MCSD network.  MCSD student email should only be used to interact with teachers and students regarding school-related activities.  However, students will be able to send and receive emails inside and outside of MCSD.  This makes Digital Citizenship critical and an important part of our PowerUp Program.  Click here for more information on our Digital Citizenship Curriculum

 

21.  Do you have any short videos that explain the benefits of “chromebooks” and “tablets”?

Parents and students are urged to watch the videos below on “chromebooks”, “chromebooks in education” and “tablets in the classroom”.

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