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Chromebook distribution to begin Aug. 21

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The IConnect center is located at the front right corner of the library.

The IConnect center is located at the front right corner of the library.

Jaren Tankersley

Jaren Tankersley

The IConnect center is located at the front right corner of the library.

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The school ChromeSquad will distribute Chromebooks starting with the senior class Monday, Aug. 21 during students’ English periods.

To check out a Chromebook, students must have their student IDs and either set up a payment plan or pay the $40 fee through the office or MyPaymentsPlus. The $40 payment will allow students to take their Chromebooks home with them, as opposed to checking them out from the library.

“It’s theirs for the year,” principal Tim Gilliland said. “After four years, when they graduate, it looks like for $40 more, the Chromebook is theirs.”

After four years, when they graduate, it looks like for $40 more, the Chromebook is theirs.”

— Tim Gilliland, Principal

Students are expected to care for their Chromebooks throughout the year and will not have the same assigned Chromebook each year.

“Over the summer we’ll clean them, repair any minor damage,” ChromeSquad supervisor Jessica Ray said. “If it’s major damage, if they crack it or break it, students are responsible.”

Although students are not allowed to personalize their Chromebooks on the outside, Ray encouraged students to approach the ChromeSquad regarding educational extensions and apps.

“If there are things that the kids want to learn, or maybe there’s a cool educational website or a Google extension and app, come let us know,” Ray said. “We have time, and we’re willing to research to try to figure that out.”

Payment plans and scholarships are available to students if necessary.

“If a student pays at least $10 on MyPaymentsPlus or in the office, they can go ahead and get a Chromebook,” Gilliland said. “If there are families that are really struggling to work with this at all, we’re working on building up money in a scholarship fund. We’re happy to work with kids.”

Ray said the new Chromebook policy will most heavily impact classes where technology was not previously provided, such as foreign language classes.

Now, students can be able to use Chromebooks in every one of their classes, not just where technology is provided.”

— Jessica Ray, ChromeSquad supervisor

“I feel like last year, the classes that had Chromebooks were the core classes,” Ray said. “Now, students can be able to use Chromebooks in every one of their classes, not just where technology is provided.”

Students can access the ChromeSqaud throughout the day, except 6th period, which is reserved for emergencies.

“If you need help, either with hardware, like your battery’s not working, or if you’re formatting a Google Doc, or making a Google Slides, or anything on your Chromebook,” Ray said. “There will be students and me here throughout the day to help with that.”

 

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