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    FAQ

    Who receives a Chromebook?


    All students who enroll with Pathways will receive a Chromebook.  Students who course share with Pathways will not be eligible for a Chromebook. 

     

    How are the Chromebooks funded?


    All instructional Chromebooks are paid for with FFE (Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment) funding as part of the original bond funding the construction of the new building.

     

    Will students be protected from objectionable Internet content?

    Internet safety is taught directly to students as supplemental content during regular classroom instruction.  The MSBSD does moderate filtering of material that students have access to on the district wide area network.  School district employees can submit objectionable website addresses to the district IT department who will then “black list” the site and restrict access. 

     

    The Chromebooks are not filtered and students will have full access to the internet when used offsite.  Parents should use the same restrictions and limitations for the Chromebooks they would use with any device at home that can access the internet.  “Who Is Hosting This” and “FBI – A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety” are ESafety sites for parents with suggestions to help students have a safe internet experience. 

     

    What is the cost?


    There are no costs to the parents or students for the use of the Chromebook.  The price that the district paid for the Chromebooks includes the device, case (if available), charger, and a factory warranty. The device warranty covers normal wear and tear along with other damage that might occur during normal use. If the Chromebook is intentionally or negligently damaged then the student may incur a replacement fee in the form of a fine.

     

    What are the conditions/terms of using the Chromebook?


    The conditions surrounding this device are the same as any school issued textbook or equipment. Students are expected to keep track and care for this device during the time it is issued to them. Students/parents may be fined for damaged or lost devices. Assuming that the device is well cared for, there is no charge associated with the One-to-One Program.

     

    What happens if a Chromebook is lost?


    If the device is lost, the student or parent must report it to the school immediately and the circumstances of the situation will be investigated by the school.

     

    How is the Chromebook inventory controlled?


    Pathways will use two systems to control our Chromebook inventory.  First, the school district uses a barcode inventory program to manage onsite equipment.  Essentially, every piece of equipment within a building is identified as an asset of that building.  These inventories are updated annually. Second, Pathways will use our library system to “check out/in” the Chromebooks to the students.  This follows the same protocol as checking in and out a library book. 

     

    Following the return of the devices at the end of the school year, the Administrative Secretary will account for all Chromebooks and assess fines for damaged or lost devices.  A bill for fines will be sent to parents following the last day of school.  Student registration in the fall can be postponed until all fines are paid.  Also, the release of student records can be postponed until all fines are satisfied.  Contact the main office for question about paying fines.

     

    Am I allowed to connect my home printer to my Chromebook?

    The use of home equipment is not supported by the MSBSD. Anything that a student is required to print should be printed at school. This means, there should be no school related reason for printing at home. If a student chooses to print schoolwork at home, we suggest using the following options: (1) save the file on Google Drive, or (2) email the file to the student’s email account and then use your home computer for printing.

     

    Can students use flash drives (thumb drives/jump drives) with their Chromebook?

    Yes, using thumb/flash drives is acceptable.  The guideline for flash drives is that Pathways reserves the right to monitor their use and can inspect the content at any time. This may include real-time monitoring of network activity and/or maintaining a log of Internet activity on the district network for later review. This would also apply to all files stored on a flash drive that is connected to a school owned Chromebook.

     

    Is it a requirement that my student bring his/her Chromebook home every night?


    Students are not required to bring the Chromebook to/from school each day. Students can store their Chromebook in their locker or arrange with their adviser for storage and charging.  Students who take their Chromebooks home are responsible for making sure they are charged.

     

    Are there controls in place on the Chromebooks to prevent students from accessing inappropriate content?


    All Internet access on the Pathways campus goes through an offsite internet filter that is maintained and monitored by the districts IT department.  When students take their Chromebooks off campus, there is no filtering or monitoring of the student’s activity while online. We ask that parents use their family rules for student Chromebooks as they do for the use of any other devices within their home.  We consider students’ use of these resources to be a learning opportunity and a stepping-stone towards the real world, where students will need to developed the maturity to use completely unfiltered internet access.

     

    Are parents expected to monitor usage to prevent unacceptable use of technology?


    Ultimately, parents are responsible for their students’ behavior. We embrace parent engagement in their student’s education and development of personal responsibility. The easiest way for parents to place additional controls in place for their student is to use OpenDNS. This free resource blocks/allows sites or category on your home network.  If parents want access that is more limited for their student when they are on campus then they can contact the teachers or principal.

     

    How does the district monitor for acceptable usage compliance?


    All Internet traffic, including email and file storage, on the district network is logged and can be reviewed if concerns arise. Students may be able to delete their browsing history on the Chromebooks but all Internet activity is also logged through the districts IT department.