Frontier 1:1 Chromebook Program

Purpose

The purpose of the 1:1 device program at Frontier Regional School is to provide additional collaboration tools for all learners, opportunities for creativity and innovation, enhance students’ ability to engage with educational online content, promote the development of self-directed and personalized learning and become well versed in digital citizenship.

Chromebook Responsible Use

  • School issued Chromebooks should be used for educational purposes, and students are to adhere to the Acceptable Use Policy at all times.

  • Frontier Regional School’s administrative staff and faculty retain the right to collect and/or inspect Chromebooks at any time, including via electronic remote access and to alter, add or delete installed software or hardware.

  • Inappropriate media may not be used for Chromebook backgrounds or themes. No images or graphics containing people can ever be used as a background or theme. The presence of guns, weapons, pornographic materials, inappropriate language, alcohol, drug, gang-related symbols or pictures will result in disciplinary actions.

  • Manufacturer and school barcode tags shall not be removed, covered or marked upon.

  • Teachers, school administrators, and the Office of Information Technology (OIT) staff use monitoring software that allows them to view the screens and activity on student assigned Chromebooks.

  • The school district uses an Internet content filter that is in compliance with the federally mandated Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). All Chromebooks, regardless of physical location (in and out of school), will have Internet activity protected and monitored by teachers, school administrators, and the OIT staff. If an educationally valuable site is blocked, students should contact their teachers to request the site be unblocked. Such requests will be given consideration following administrative review.

  • Chromebooks are issued to individual students. Students shall not lend their device to other students and they must maintain positive control of this device at all times.

Chromebook Care and Maintenance

Device Maintenance, Fees, Insurance Options

  • Students experiencing any issues with their chromebook must contact the Office of Technology in room A210. You must not bring the Chromebook to a third party for repair. All repairs must be handled exclusively by Frontier Regional School. Repairs must not be attempted by students or parents.

  • Parents and guardians agree to reimburse Frontier Regional School for any expenses or damages incurred by accident, misuse, misplacement, and theft of the school owned device(s).

  • Chromebook insurance is available to cover accidental damages.

  • Manufacture defects will remain the financial responsibility of the school.


Repair and Replacement Costs

  • Screen Damage and Replacement - $50

  • Power Adapter - $25

  • Keyboard, Trackpad or Full Device Replacement - $200


Insurance Option

  • Frontier Regional School District has chosen Worth Ave. Group as the vendor of choice to insure school issued Chromebooks. Insurance with Worth Ave. Group will protect the device against ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE, FIRE, FLOOD, NATURAL DISASTERS, POWER SURGE and VANDALISM. This insurance policy will provide full replacement cost coverage and will protect the item worldwide (on and off school grounds). The policy is also transferable to a replacement unit.

  • Deductible: $0

  • Term: 1 year

  • Insurance Cost per year: $18.00 plus transaction fee for online payments


Chromebooks Under Repairs

  • In most cases a loaner Chromebooks will be issued to students when they leave their school-issued Chromebook for repair.

  • A student borrowing a Chromebook will be responsible for any damage to or loss of the loaned device.

  • When students are using a loaner device, because their device is being repaired, they may keep the device for the entire school day and bring the device home.

  • An email will be sent to the user when their Chromebook is repaired. The family will receive an invoice detailing the type of repair and any fee that is owed. The loaner Chromebook must be returned before students can claim their device.


Care of Device Guidelines

  • General Precautions to Ensure Care of Devices

    • No food or drink should be next to Chromebooks.

    • Cords, cables, and removable storage devices must be inserted carefully into the Chromebook.

    • Chromebooks should not be exposed to extreme temperatures, for example leaving it in a car overnight during the winter or on a hot day.

    • Chromebooks should not be used with the power cord plugged in when the cord may be a tripping hazard.

    • Heavy objects should never be placed on top of Chromebooks.

  • Traveling

  • Back packs containing Chromebooks should be handled with care. Always transport Chromebooks with care

  • Never lift Chromebooks by the screen.

  • Never carry Chromebooks with the screen open

  • Screen Care

The Chromebook 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.

  • Do not put pressure on the top of a Chromebook when it is closed.

  • Do not store a Chromebook with the screen open.

  • Do not place anything in the protective case that will press against the cover.

  • Make sure there is nothing on the keyboard before closing the lid (e.g. pens, pencils, or disks).

  • Only clean the screen with a soft, dry microfiber cloth or anti-static cloth.

    • Sound

  • Sound must be muted at all times unless permission is obtained from a teacher.

  • Headphones / earbuds may be used at the discretion of the teachers.

Chromebook FAQ

If a student does not bring his/her Chromebook to school:

  • A student may borrow a Chromebook, if available, for a class block that requires the use of the Chromebook on that day.

  • Students will be responsible for returning the loaned device to the library at the end of the block.

  • To request a device for loan, please see the library staff.

  • A student borrowing a Chromebook will be responsible for any damage to or loss of the loaned device.

If a student's Chromebook has no charge:

  • A charging station is provided in the library where the device can be left to charge.

  • A student may borrow a Chromebook, if available, for a class block that requires the use of the Chromebook on that day.

  • Students will be responsible for returning the loaned device to the library at the end of the block.

  • Power Chargers will not be lent out to students.

  • To request a device for loan, please see the library staff.

  • A student borrowing a Chromebook will be responsible for any damage to or loss of the loaned device.

Who do I report problems with my device or unauthorized activity?

  • Always report any issues related to the device or online activity to the IT Department or School Administration.

Is online activity being filtered and monitored?

  • The online activity of students is always being filtered on and off school network, 24/7

  • The online activity of students is monitored and recorded between the hours of school, Monday through Friday.

When are devices issued to students?

  • New Chromebooks will be issued at the start of each each school year.

  • Students that are unable to attend the scheduled issue dates can visit the Office of Information Technology in room A210.

Are personal devices allowed as a replacement for the school Chromebook?

  • Personal devices are not permitted as a substitute device for the chromebook. WiFi network access will not be provided for student personal devices during school hours. School Chromebooks are configured for school related activities such as school purchased apps, web filtering, classroom management software and standardized testing.

  • In rare cases BYOD access may be required. Requests for permissions should be submitted to the OIT Department for approval.

Can I take my device home during the school year?

  • Students will be allowed to carry and transport the school issued Chromebook to and from school.

  • Middle School students will pick up at their assigned chromebook in their Advisory room in the morning, and return it at the end of the day to the changing station.

Is my device protected from viruses?

  • Virus protection is built into the Chrome OS design. Additional security logs are monitored by the IT staff.

Will the device work without an internet connection?

  • Google Apps Email, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings will work in an offline environment. Generally, a WiFi internet connection is recommended in order to gain access to the most current information.

Does my device receive updates?

  • Chrome OS updates will occur automatically and may require a restart to complete.

  • Teachers may request additional Apps/Extensions by submitting a ticket request to the OIT. Each request will need to be evaluated by the OIT for compatibility, functionality and data privacy. Once an App/Extension is approved you will be notified with instructions on how to access the app/extension.

Am I required to return the device if I unenroll or graduate from Frontier Regional School?

  • Yes, students who withdraw from Frontier must return their device and power supply to the Office of Information Technology in room A210. Failure to return the device will result in a replacement charge,

  • Yes, graduating students must return their device and power supply. Failure to return the items will result in a charge for device replacement.

Am I required to return the device before departing on summer break?

  • MS students must return their device each year prior to the summer break. This allows OIT to inventory all devices, repair known problems, and ensure devices are ready for the start of the school year.

Can I personalize my assigned Chromebooks?

  • High School Students are encouraged to personalize the cover of their chromebook for easy identification. Static-cling decals that peel off easily are encouraged so that students can easily identify their Chromebook visually. Media is subject to inspection, and must follow Frontier Regional School’s Acceptable Use Policy.

  • Middle School Chromebooks are encouraged to mark their device appropriately for identification purposes but we ask them to limit writing, drawing, stickers, paint, tape, adhesives and labels as these devices will be issued to different students in the coming years.

How can a student print school work and educationally related material?

  • High School Students can print to a Laserjet printer located in the Library or A Wing second floor.

  • Middle School Students can print to the Laserjet printer located in the Library or Middle School hallway.

Is my data being backup?

  • Data stored locally on the chromebook is not backed up in any manner.

  • Data lost or deleted within Google Drive generally is recoverable by the OIT staff up to 30 days.