• Frequently Asked Questions

    Why are we using iPads?
    iPads are being used as an instructional tool in support of the District’s effort towards “Learning Without Limits”.  We anticipate that the iPads will support the desire to have students: solve complex problems, connect with others, engage in rigorous learning, and own the learning.
    What will this program cost me?
    Nothing.  We are issuing iPads as instructional tools, just like textbooks.  If you are a student, or the parent of a student in grades 7-12, you will have the option of purchasing extended protection for $20/yr due to the devices going home with students.  However, while we are recommending this extra protection, it is still only an option. It is not required.
    What happened to the 'Apple ID for Students' thing? 
    Apple recently came out with a complete overhaul of their system to help schools manage the devices in an easier, more effective manner.  Part of this new system allows us to manage the devices and apps without having to reply on Apple ID's. Therefore, Apple has discontinued their Apple ID for Students program and those accounts are no longer necessary for students or parents to manage.
    What happens if my iPad breaks?
     Accidents happen and problems with technology sometimes occur, through not fault of the individual.  In those cases, the District will repair the device at no cost.  Malicious or intentional damage to the devices will be treated in the same manner as damage to other technology, textbooks, and instructional resources.  If necessary, any discipline will be handled on a case-by-case basis in accordance with District policy. 
    When the iPads are taken home:
    1. If the extended coverage was purchased through the district, and this is the first incident of the year for that device, no additional cost will be incurred and the iPad will be repaired or replaced, free of charge.
    2. If the extended coverage was purchased through the district, and this is the second time or more within the same school year that student's device has been damaged, the student will be responsible for the cost of the repair or replacement of the device.
    3. If the extended coverage was not purchased through the district, the student is responsible for all repairs or replacement of the device. 
    What does "Responsible Use" mean?
    The official District policy for the Responsible Use of Internet and Network Resources, #815, can be found under the School Board Policies section of the District website.  This policy explains in detail the expectations all students and employees are expected to follow and what it means to use technology resources responsibly.
    Can students install apps?
    Currently, students will not be able to install apps.  Apps will be pushed out by our technology department. The iPads will have a setting enabled that prevents access to the App Store.  Should this change in the future, we will provide ample notification ahead of time.
    As a parent of a student in grades 7 -12, how does the iPad access change at home versus at school?
    We are providing a filtering option on the iPad this year that will filter the iPads off the school's network in the same manner that they are filtered in school.  This should alleviate some concerns about children having full internet access at home with a school device.  Additionally, the ability for students to install apps at home is also disabled, just like it is at school.  The district will manage the apps that are distributed to student devices.    
    Where can we learn more?
    The website you are currently visiting is filled with information explaining our efforts and the wonderful learning outcomes possible with our digital tools.  There are pages directed towards different stakeholders in our education community and we encourage you to read through the sections in which you are most interested.  
    Can my child bring their own iPad to use instead of the District's?
    Students will be required to use the district issued iPad in all of their classes so that we can manage the distribution of apps to the appropriate iPads for different subjects and classes across all grade levels.  A student can use his or her own personal electronic device at the direction of the individual classroom teachers.
    Can my child use their non-Apple device?
    Students must follow the District BYOD policy for all personal electronic devices. Ultimately, the individual classroom teachers will give the students directions as to when and how they can use their personal electronic devices.