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LVHS Chromebook Forms

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La Vega High School Chromebook Initiative

 

La Vega High School students are issued a Chromebook as incoming freshman.  The focus of the 1:1 (1 Chromebook per student) program in La Vega ISD is to provide equipment and resources that meet the needs of today’s students. The Chromebook 1:1 Program facilitates:

 §  Access to digital textbooks and other education resources

 § Availability beyond the school day

 §  Individualized learning

 §  Creativity and innovation

 §  Critical thinking and problem solving

 §  Communication and collaboration

 §  Technology literacy skills

 §  College and career readiness

  Students keep the Chromebook issued to them throughout their high school career.  Students may take the device with them upon successful graduation from La Vega High School.  Students are required to pay an annual insurance payment ($20 for grades 9-11, $15 for seniors). No refunds will be made. The insurance payment covers accidental damage and theft.  It does not cover intentional damage or loss.

Student Chromebook Pledge

 

§  I will take care of my Chromebook.

§  I will never leave the Chromebook unattended.

§  I will never loan out my Chromebook to others.

§  I will know where my Chromebook is at all times.

§  I will charge my Chromebook's battery daily at home.

§  I will not disassemble any part of my Chromebook or attempt any repairs.

§  I understand that my Chromebook is for educational use.

§  I will not deface my Chromebook (no stickers, writing, engraving, etc.).

§  I will only use school approved accessories on my Chromebook case.

§  I understand that my Chromebook is subject to inspection at any time without notice and remains the property of the La Vega ISD until released to me at graduation.

§  I will file a police report in case of theft or vandalism and supply the official report as evidence for replacement.

§  I will be responsible for all damage or loss caused by neglect or abuse.

§  I agree to return the Chromebook, case and power cords in good working condition at required check-ins.

§  I understand that my use of the Chromebook is subject to all applicable District policies and regulations, the Student Handbook, Student Code of Conduct, and all campus procedures.

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Parent Responsibilities

 

 Talk to your children about values and the standards that your children should follow on the use of the Internet just as you do on the use of all media information sources such as television, telephones, movies, and radio.

Be an active participant in your child's digital life. Have them show you what sites they are navigating to, what apps they use, and what they are working on.

While your child's Chromebook is filtered at school and at home, no filter is perfect.  If a student aggressively tries to get to inappropriate sites, they may find a way.

If your child has trouble sleeping at night, consider charging all electronic devices, such as your child's phone and Chromebook, in your bedroom. 

The following resources will assist in promoting positive conversation(s) between you and your children regarding digital citizenship:

ü  Netsmartz:          https://www.netsmartz.org/Parents

ü  Common Sense Media:         https://www.commonsensemedia.org

ü  Families Managing Media:        https://www.familiesmanagingmedia.com/

ü  Family Online Safety Institute:       https://www.fosi.org/

ü  Raising Digital Natives:            https://www.raisingdigitalnatives.com/blog/

Chromebook Insurance Fee*
This fee is used to offset any repair costs due to accidental damage or normal usage. These fees accumulate and will allow a graduating senior to keep their device if all fees have been paid.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

§  Why do students need Chromebooks?

We are preparing students for tomorrow’s workforce. They are learning skills that will help them get higher paying jobs when they graduate. Additionally, the students are becoming organized and are able to better keep up with their schoolwork. Students have access to resources such as textbooks online.

 

§  Why do I have to pay a coverage fee?

There is an annual coverage fee that must be paid before a student can pick up his or her Chromebook. This fee covers 1) accidental damage (including drops, cracked screens, liquid spills), 2) fire/flood, 3) vandalism (police report required), 4) theft (police report required), 5) liquid submersion, 6) power surges due to lightning, 7) natural disasters, and 8) mechanical failure.

 

§  How much does it cost?

The annual coverage cost is $20 for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors and $15 for seniors.

 

§  Is there a payment plan?

We do not offer a payment plan.

 

§  How can I pay for the coverage?

Payments will have to be made through the LVHS Website.  Please use the LVHS Chromebook Fees form that can be found on the LVHS webpage under the Parents Menu. These payments can be made with a credit card, debit card, or prepaid gift card. Insurance payments must be made by September 13, 2019.

 

§  What if I can’t afford the fee?

We do not have scholarships this year, but you can visit with your appointed assistant principal about your situation. Call the high school at 254-299-6820 to make an appointment with the appropriate assistant principal. Principals are assigned by class:

§  Mrs. Keller: Freshman

§  Mr. McAdams: Sophomores

§  Mr. Hicks: Juniors

§  Mrs. Kinne: Seniors

Internet Access

 

A common concern of high school parents is Internet access. If there is limited or no access at home, students can download assignments at school to work on at home. If your child is having difficulty getting assignments downloaded, have him/her talk with his/her teacher to get assistance. In addition, there is WiFi access in all areas of the school, including the library, cafeteria, outside seating areas, and all classrooms.  The LVHS library is open from 8:00 - 4:00 Monday through Friday. Internet access is available through the building and stadium at the high school.

 

How much do I need?

The amount of bandwidth needed varies, depending on what you use the bandwidth for.  Use the Internet Data Usage Calculator to get a rough idea of what you might need.  Your cable provider or cell phone provider can also help you decide how much you need.  It is estimated that your student should not need more than 3 GB per month for schoolwork.

 

If you are interested in adding Internet access at home, you have several options. Please see some of the choices below.

 

Local Cable Providers

There are several cable/Internet providers in the Waco area.  If you already have cable package with one of these companies, there may be a discount for additional Internet services.

Spectrum

AT&T UVerse

Grande Communications

 

Hot Spots

Several of the local cell phone companies offer mobile hot spots.  Mobile hot spots are small devices (most fit in the palm of your hand) that offer data connectivity to the Internet.  Most mobile hot spots can connect 6-10 devices to the Internet at the same time.  Often mobile hot spots can be added to existing cell phone plans at a discounted price. 

Verizon Mobile Hot Spots

AT&T Hot Spot Plans

Sprint Hot Spot Plans

T-Mobile Hot Spot Plans

 

Discounted Internet for Low-Income Families

The Lifeline Program has offered discounted phone services to low-income families since 1985.  In the spring of 2016, the program was revised to include low-cost Internet access.  This program will expand over the next several years.  Currently, there are two options for Lifeline Broadband in our area:

ATT Access Program

Basic-Internet.com (T-Mobile)

You can find out more about this broadband initiative at the everyoneon.org eligibility page.

 

Wi-Fi Locations in Waco / Bellmead

The Waco Public Library offers free WiFi services.  In addition, several businesses in the Bellmead area, including  Starbucks, Whataburger, McDonald's, and Walmart, offer free WiFi at their locations. 

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