FAQs

Why 1:1?

What does Jasper County Community Unit #1 value? We want to reach all learners. We value equity among students. Authentic learning, connecting globally, communication, and the use of teamwork are all ideas we embrace. But how do we do this? The answer to the question seemed to point in the same direction. The teachers and students at NCHS voiced the need/want to incorporate more technology within their classrooms.  Over time, countless meetings were held with the teachers, students, and the Technology Committee about the 1:1 Initiative. It is our ultimate goal to have technology in each student's hands in the very near future.

What is a Chromebook?

A Chromebook is simply a low-cost laptop that runs an operating system called Chrome OS, as opposed to Windows or Mac OS. Chrome OS is built around the popular Google Chrome web browser.

Why Chromebooks?

We looked at several options for student devices--tablets, iPads, traditional Windows laptops, and Chromebooks. We decided on Chromebooks because of their low cost, quick boot-up (8-12 seconds), and long battery life (about 12 hours, per manufacturer specifications). Chromebooks are also not susceptible to viruses and malware, and are easy for the District to manage. Chromebooks also make sense because they provide a seamless experience using students’ existing Google Apps for Education accounts provided by the District.

Will Chromebooks leave the building?

Chromebooks will go home with students every evening. All students must have an Acceptable Usage Policy and a Chromebook Home Loan  Agreement signed by themselves and parents before a Chromebook will be issued to them. Chromebooks will need to be charged every night.

What if my child forgets to charge his/her Chromebook?

Students should make every effort to charge their Chromebooks overnight. If a Chromebook is fully charged at the start of the day, the battery should last throughout the school day, and probably even into the evening. Classroom outlet access is limited, and cords running across the floor pose a safety hazard.

How is one student’s Chromebook identified from another student?

All the Chromebooks are the same, so they look very much alike. However, each Chromebook will be identified with a card on the carrying case with the student’s name on it. Additionally, district asset tags with bar codes will be on each device and each device has a serial number. The district keeps all that data so, if a Chromebook is misplaced, we can determine to whom it is assigned to get it back to the student. Any ID stickers that are on the Chromebook when issued must stay on the Chromebook. No additional markings of any kind (stickers, engraving, permanent ink pen, tape, etc.) shall be placed on the Chromebook at any time. While the devices are issued to students, they are still district-owned property. Additional permanent markings on the device will be considered vandalism.

What if the Chromebook is damaged or stolen?

Students and parents will be responsible for district-owned technology that is issued to them, just as they are for other district-owned items such as textbooks, calculators, cameras, athletic equipment, or library books. The district will repair or replace the device, but students and parents will be responsible for the cost of those repairs or replaced devices.

Replace Chromebook $200
Replace screen $35
Replace keyboard/touchpad $60
Replace charger $45
Replace hinges $25
Replace Chromebook protective case $30
Replace JCCU1 asset tag $5

These costs are subject to change.

Is insurance for the Chromebooks available?

At this time the District is not offering insurance, although this may be an option in the future. Parents may wish to check their homeowner’s insurance to see if the Chromebook can be covered under their policy.

Will unsafe or inappropriate sites be filtered on the devices?

Chromebooks will be filtered both on- and off-campus to prevent access to adult sites, as well as sites related to drugs, hate speech, and other harmful content. We are partnering with Securly to provide filtering for the 2016-17 school year. School and district administration will monitor the filters for inappropriate access, however, it should be noted that no filter is 100% effective. As a parent, you will be able to receive email reports, as well as access the Securly parent portal to see what websites your child is visiting.

What the consequences for accessing inappropriate sites?

While we do our best to stay on top of things, some websites are not blocked or are able to bypass our filters. Parents are encouraged to randomly check the browsing history of student Chromebooks on a regular basis. The district will also from time to time be monitoring student online activities.  If you discover any inappropriate web activity, please contact the building principal. Inappropriate web browsing is a violation of the district’s Acceptable Use Policy and may result in disciplinary action and will be handled on a case to case basis.  

What apps will be available on the Chromebooks?

There are many educational apps available for Chromebooks covering a wide variety of subject areas. The apps, which run in the Chrome browser, are downloadable through the Chrome Web Store.  Only apps and extensions approved by the district can be downloaded by students.

Will printing be allowed?

One of the advantages of moving to 1:1 is to be able to move towards having a paperless environment. Digital file sharing is an excellent way to assign and turn in assignments and avoids the excess usage of paper, toner, and other supplies.

Can the device be used at home?

Yes, if your home has a WiFi network, the devices will have the same filtered web access as they would at school. If a WiFi network is not available at home, students can still use them, but that usage would be limited. Some applications will work “offline” (such as Google Drive) but content saved to the device will not be backed up online until an Internet connection is available for the device.

What if my child misses classes for several days due to illness, family emergencies, or travel?

One of the most exciting aspects of 1:1, is that assignments, readings, and resources can be shared with students online. Students will be able to turn their work in through Google Classroom or other digital programs.

What if I don’t have Wi-Fi?

If no internet access is available at home, the usage of the Chromebook will be limited.  Students will still be able to work “offline” and the work that is completed at home will be synced once an Internet connection is available.  

Will devices be kept by students over the summer?

No, students will be required to turn in their Chromebook at the end of each year and then will be reissued the same device the next school year.  

How will students be protected against cyberbullying while using a school issued Chromebook?  

Our filtering solution, Securly, has a built-in bullying and self-harm detection feature that monitors posts on certain sites, and will alert school administration to potential issues. If signed up for email reports from Securly, parents can also be alerted to this as well.  Students will be educated on Digital Citizenship, which will also include Cyberbullying.  Once again, however, no filter is 100% effective.