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Program Handbook

The Rockwood School District's mission statement "We do whatever it takes to ensure all students realize their potential" is a driving force behind the 1:1 program. This is further bolstered by the district's vision statement "By continuously improving every aspect of our performance, the Rockwood School District (RSD) empowers students to command their future." RSD selected Chromebooks because of their ability to meet the educational needs of our students and their seamless integration with Google Apps for Education. Through the use of Chromebooks, students have an increased capability to access a wide range of educational resources and to collaborate with their teachers and other students to solve problems and develop both analytical and critical thinking skills. The implementation of a 1:1 program does not diminish the vital role of the teacher. To the contrary, it solidifies the teacher as a facilitator of learning. The 1:1 program will be a vehicle to enhance student learning by helping students become active and engaged in their learning. Students will be required to bring their Chromebook to school every day and take it home every night during the school year.

The policies, regulations, procedures and information within this handbook apply to all district Chromebooks used at school or at home, including any other Chromebook considered by district administrators or principals to come under this policy.

Chromebook Specifications

The Chromebooks issued to students may vary slightly from year-to-year or even during the school year as models change. Below are the general specifications that the Chromebooks will have:

  • Make and Model: Dell Chromebook 11
  • Operating System: ChromeOS
  • Media Card Reader: SD memory card slot
  • External Ports: 2 USB ports
  • Screen: 11.6" LED
  • Battery: Over 6.5 hours of battery (depending on use)
  • Audio Output: Integrated speaker and 3.5mm speaker or headphone port
  • Network: Integrated wireless card 802.11 b/g/n
  • Video Port: HDMI output

Receiving Chromebook

Parents and students must sign and return the 1:1 Program Agreement before the Chromebook can be issued to the student.

Rockwood School District 1-to-1 Program Agreement Form (PDF)

Chromebook Care

Students are responsible for the general care of the Chromebook they have been issued by the school. Chromebooks that are broken or fail to work properly must be taken to the designated area in the school.

General Precautions

  • No food or drink is allowed next to the Chromebook while it is in use.
  • Cords, cables, and removable storage must be inserted carefully into the Chromebook.
  • Students should never carry their Chromebooks while the screen is open.
  • Chromebooks should be shut down or put in standby when not in use for an extended period of time to conserve battery life.
  • Chromebooks must remain free of any writing, drawing, stickers, or labels that are not the property of the Rockwood School District.
  • Chromebooks must not be left in an unattended vehicle or any unsupervised area.
  • Students are responsible for keeping their Chromebook battery charged for school each day.

Screen Care

The Chromebook screens can be damaged if subjected to rough treatment. The screens are particularly sensitive to damage from excessive pressure on the screen.

  • Do not lean on the top of the Chromebook when it is closed.
  • Do not place anything near the Chromebook that could put pressure on the screen.
  • Do not poke the screen.
  • Do not place anything on the keyboard before closing the lid (i.e. pens, pencils or disks).
  • If carrying in a backpack, store the Chromebook so that textbooks or other heavy objects do not rest on top of the Chromebook.
  • Clean the screen with a soft, dry cloth or anti-static cloth.

Using the Chromebook at School

The Chromebooks are intended for use at school each day. Students must be responsible to bring their Chromebook to all classes, unless specifically advised not to do so by their teacher.

Chromebooks Left at Home

If students leave their Chromebook at home, the student may use a classroom loaner during the class session, do without, or share with another student depending on the classwork as directed by the classroom teacher.

Chromebook Undergoing Repair

Loaner Chromebooks may be issued to students when they submit their Chromebook for repair at the designated location at their school.

Charging The Chromebook Battery

The Chromebooks should be brought to school each day in a fully charged condition. Students need to charge their Chromebook each evening. Charging areas will be available in designated locations in the schools and in classrooms.

Screensavers and Backgrounds

Inappropriate media may not be used as a screensaver or desktop background, such as the presence of guns, weapons, pornographic materials, inappropriate language, alcohol, drug, gang related symbols or pictures.

Printing

USB flash drives or other removable media can be used to transfer files to home computers for printing. Printing should be kept to a minimum as teacher strategies will facilitate digital copies and/or online submission of homework.