What is a Chromebook?
A: Chromebooks are laptops designed around the Google Chrome OS, and are built for ease of use, security, and manageability. Apps and extensions can be installed, but only as approved by the district. In addition, while primarily an Internet connected device, each Chromebook has local storage for documents and assignments when internet access is not available.
What grades will be receiving a Chromebook?
A: For the 2018-2019 school year, the district will be implementing Chromebooks for Grades 6-8.
How is the district funding this implementation?
As part of the district's long-term Technology plan, we have been able to shift from a traditional model of desktop computers in labs to distributed Chromebooks through the careful allocation of district operating budgets. By re-purposing the existing ChromeBooks we have throughout our Middle Schools for 7th and 8th Grade students and purchasing new ChromeBooks for 6th Grade students, we are able to deploy a sustainable 1 to 1 program that we can afford to begin now. Our improved network infrastructure, made possible through bond issues, and the appropriate staffing adjustments, made possible through recent tax allocations, now allow us to support a technology intensive program within our schools. None of this would be possible without the support of our voters. Thank you!
Will my Chromebook be brand new?
Rather than purchasing new Chromebooks all at one time for all students in Grades 6-8, we are re-purposing existing Chromebooks that have been housed in our mobile and classroom carts for Grades 7-8. These are devices that are in great shape, and only 1 - 2 years old. Our Technology Staff works hard to maintain all of our devices at their highest level, so all of the same insurance policies and repair costs apply to these as apply to brand new Chromebooks. From this year forward, the incoming 6th Grade class will receive brand new Chromebooks that will follow them throughout their three years in Middle School.
Will the district be adapting to meet the needs of students with disabilities?
Fort Zumwalt School District is committed to all students having the tools needed to access their curriculum. The devices that students with disabilities use will be determined individually by their individualized education program (IEP). For most students this will be a Chromebook and for others it might be a specialized device that allows for access and meets the unique needs of the student. Devices will not be removed and replaced without consideration given to each individual situation. In the case where a Chromebook is not the appropriate electronic device another type of device will be considered to assist the student in accessing the curriculum.