We are excited to announce that all 6th through 12th grade students at Hidden River Middle, Park Place Middle, Leaders in Learning and Monroe High schools will be issued a new Chromebook for educational use at school and at home! This will provide our middle and high school students with equitable access to information and classroom learning content via their own district-issued Chromebook, whether they are at home or school.
Chromebooks will be checked out for the school year in the same way as a textbook. The expectation is that students will take care of the device, bring it to school daily (charged), and use it at home as an extension of their learning at school. Just as with textbooks, if a Chromebook is lost or damaged, families will be financially responsible for repairing or replacing them. However, families will have the option to purchase Chromebook protection. This will provide coverage for accidental breakage, etc. to a student Chromebook. A parent signature will be required for all district-issued devices to keep us in compliance with state and federal requirements.
At this time, many students have district-issued Chromebooks and these devices will need to be exchanged. Over the next several months, the majority of these devices will age out and no longer be able to accept updates and/or be used for state testing. In preparation for this, we will begin at the high school level with a Chromebook exchange and then as the year progresses, complete Chromebook exchanges with all middle school students.
We are also excited to announce that all 2nd-5th grade classrooms will be equipped with 1:1 Chromebook carts. This means each 2nd-5th grade classroom will have a cart with enough Chromebooks for each student to use within their classrooms. This will provide opportunities for students to engage in digital citizenship lessons, use digital tools for collaboration, and extended learning. Our youngest learners in K-1 will have access to touch Chromebooks and will have one device for every two students. All elementary Chromebooks will remain on campus; however, we are working on potential contingency plans to temporarily check-out Chromebooks to elementary students in the event they need to temporarily learn from home.
We are very much looking forward to working with families this year as we roll out new devices to our students and preparing them to be 21st-century digital citizens.
The Monroe School District