In an effort to ease financial burdens on families within our community during this challenging time, the District has waived the cost of the Chromebook/iPad Protection Plan for all students for the 2020-2021 school year.
As has been our practice under the Chromebook Protection Plan in past school years, the District will cover the cost of repair for the first two instances of accidental damage. Any additional damage beyond two repairs will result in a charge for the cost of the part or replacement of the full device if it is beyond repair. A bill will be issued from the WPS Business Office. While we recognize that accidents happen, we are committed to helping our students grow into responsible and respectful digital citizens and expect that District devices will be treated with care. We appreciate your support.
WPS Chromebook Initiative Frequently Asked Questions
1. Will I be able to take my district-issued Chromebook home? Students in grades 7 through 12 will be able to take Chromebooks home during the school year; students will not have access to their Chromebooks during the summer. All devices will be collected at the end of the school year so that maintenance can be performed. Students will then be reissued a Chromebook at the beginning of the next school year.
2. Is there insurance available for my Chromebook? DUE TO COVID-19, Wethersfield Public Schools is waiving the cost of Chromebook protection for the 2020-2021 school year. If you have reached this page from the Summer Biographical Form, please choose the "I do not elect to purchase" option and continue with the form.
3. What should I do if I leave my Chromebook at home or my Chromebook is not charged? Students are responsible for bringing their fully charged Chromebooks to school each day. If you leave your Chromebook at home, please report to the library media center and request a loaner. Loaner availability is limited, and it is critical that you bring your charged Chromebook to school every day.
4. What should I do if my Chromebook is broken or lost? If your device is broken, please bring it to the library media center to have it checked in for repair. The Library Media Specialist will issue a loaner to use while your device is being repaired. If your device is missing, please report this to your Library Media Specialist as soon as possible.
5. Can the district monitor my online activity when I am using the school-issued Chromebook at home or at school? When you use a district-issued Chromebook at home or at school, your activity (web browsing, use of Google suite for education, etc.) is logged. The Chromebook is owned by the district, and we are mandated to implement reasonable security measures to limit access to inappropriate material and to monitor inappropriate student behavior. Students and staff should have no expectation of privacy when using a district device.
6. Can I use a personal laptop, Chromebook, tablet, other device in classes instead of my district-issued Chromebook? No. The Chromebook was selected as an educational tool to support our district’s instructional goals and has been configured with the appropriate security settings for our school network. Per Board of Education policy 5870, students may not use a personal device in place of a district-issued Chromebook during instructional time except as specifically permitted by instructional staff. In order to ensure a safe learning experience for all students and maintain the integrity of our network and filtering systems, all 7-12 students are expected to use their assigned Chromebooks during instructional time.
7. What if I do not have internet access at home? There are several options available including reduced monthly access fees for qualifying families through various service providers. We can also provide instructions for students on how to work offline using the Chromebook. Our goal is to provide equal access to technology for all WPS students. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss options for accessing your Chromebook at home.