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1:1 Initiative Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why haven't we been able to make up snow days using the Chromebooks?
    • The Kentucky Department of Education implemented "Non-Traditional Instruction Pilot" and has granted approval to 13 districts to offer “Non-Traditional Instruction” (NTI) days during the 2014-2015 school year. The participating districts will have to show evidence of student participation and learning. If approved the districts would not have to make up those days. Unfortunately, Montgomery County was not selected to participate in the pilot.

      Prior to the passing of House Bill 211 during the 2014 Regular Session of the General Assembly: “The primary criteria a district had to meet to even submit an application was they had to have missed an average of 20 school days the previous three years (a total of at least 60 days).  Due to the mild winters we had in the two previous winters (2011-12 and 2012-13), our district could not apply because we hadn’t missed enough days.” [Taken from the KDE web site.] Montgomery County Schools has never met that requirement. Many of the mountain counties consistently miss at least 20 days for snow each year and have been able to make up days during snow days.

      It appears that the pilot is going well and we hope to be able to participate in this program for the 2015-2016 school year. The Chromebooks will definitely enhance student learning.

  • Who is responsible for damaged devices?
  • Do the seniors get to keep them at the end of the year?
    • No, the Chromebooks are being leased and will be returned to the leasing company at the end of three years. Seniors will turn in their Chromebooks at the end of the year.
  • Will students be able to take the Chromebooks home?
    • Yes, if parents decide they want their child to bring home the Chromebook. All parents will fill out and sign the 1:1 User Agreement Application and mark whether they want their child to bring home the Chromebook.
  • Is there any cost involved to parents?  My child mentioned something about there possibly being a cost if the student wanted to bring the Chromebook home from school.
    • The policy approved by the Montgomery County Board of Education does not include a cost for receiving a Chromebook. There is a Damage/Repair/Replace Fee Schedule. Click here to see the schedule.
  • Are students allowed to put programs like Linux onto the Chromebook in order to boost the processing speed?
    • No. “District devices should not: Be modified in any way other than instructed by administration or school personnel.”
  • What are the limits as to what students are allowed to put on the computers? I.e. games like minecraft or gmod.
    • The Chromebooks are instructional devices and as such students will not be allowed to add games to the devices. “District devices should not: Be modified in any way other than instructed by administration or school personnel.”
  • When will the kids get the Chromebooks?
    • Each school is creating a process for giving out the Chromebooks. This process will be communicated to students and parents by each school.
  • Do you have to have wifi at your home to use them?
    • No. Earlier versions of Chromebooks would not operate at all without Internet access. Fortunately, the Chrome OS (operating system) continues to work offline. Students will be able to access files and there are some applications and extensions that will work offline. Of course, there will be things that students can’t do without an internet connection – such as search the Internet.
  • Will they be like their own computer?
    • The Chromebook that is assigned to the student will be “their own computer” for three years or until the student leaves Montgomery County Schools. The Chromebook is still owned by the district.
  • Will students be allowed on social media sites (such as Instagram, Facebook, etc.) while at home?
    • Student devices will be able to access social media sites while they are at home. That is a decision for parents.
  • Why do Chromebooks cost $333.00, when I can purchase a new one for less?
    • Chromebooks that were purchased for Montgomery County Schools cost approximately $330.00, this amount includes a three year warranty as well as the Google management fee.
  • Can my own child bring their own device to school instead of using the Chromebook?
    • All children in grades 5-12 will be provided with a Chromebook to use while at school. It is not necessary for students to bring in their own device. If parents want their students to keep district provided device at school, then students will be able to sign in to their own devices while at home and see the same information.
  • Who do I contact if I have questions relating to technical issues, such as password not working, battery problems, can't log in, etc.
    • We are also working on a link so that you can submit issues on line. The link will be active soon.
    • The Montgomery County Schools Technology Department will be glad to help with these issues. The phone number is 859-497-8593.
  • Who do I contact if I have questions regarding how these will be used instructionally, how will homework be collected, how does my student turn their Chromebook in at the end of the day if they are a day user, etc?
    • Each school will vary slightly in how they use the devices instructionally, please contact your child's teacher or school administration for questions related to daily use and procedures.
  • Who do I contact if I can't get logged on to my home wireless account?
    • Click the network icon  in the lower-right corner of the screen. Look for your home network. If you see this   icon next to your network name in the status menu this means that your network is restricted (password protected). Click the name of your network and enter its security password when prompted.
    • If you have followed these steps and cannot access your home network then you will need to contact your Internet Service Provider.
  • I can get on at school but not at home.
    • See the steps provided above.
  • Why are they only being kept for 3 years?
    • The Chromebooks were leased for three years.
  • It won't take my password that I created.
    • The Technology Team can reset your password. We are also working on a link so that you can submit issues on line. The link will be active soon.
  • Will the children be able to 'keep' them over Spring Break? or Summer Break?
    • At this time, students will be able to keep them over Spring Break, but not Summer Break.
  • What date will the students get the Chromebooks?
    • Montgomery County Intermediate School
      • Information is being sent home to parents. MCIS will be handing out the Chromebooks in home rooms and answering parent questions in the MCIS library.
      • February 3rd from 5-7 PM
    • McNabb Middle School
      • McNabb Middle School will be distributing Chromebooks to parents on the following dates:
        • Thursday, January 29 from 5:00-7:00pm in homeroom classes
        • Saturday, January 31 from 10:00am-12:00pm in the library
    • Montgomery County High School
      • The High School has finalized plans for provision of Chromebook devices to students and teachers. Parent pick-up night is scheduled for Thursday, January 29th from 5 - 8 p.m. Please click here to learn more about distribution, and parent information sessions.
  • Are the Chromebooks safe for children?
    • A Chromebook is an instructional tool. At school students will be using them as they would other school computers, but they will have access at their desk. Using Google in Education will provide teachers and students with additional instructional tools.
    • While at school online searching goes through our proxy server. At home it will be up to the parents to monitor their child as they would with any web enabled device. We have posted links to several sites for parents. Click here for the links.
  • If my child is a day user only, am I responsible for the full replacement cost if the device is lost or stolen at school?
    • No, lost or stolen Chromebooks will be replaced by the district. Stolen Chromebooks will be reported to the police and a police report will be filed.
  • When the students and parents come in Thursday night to pick them up where do we go?
    • McNabb Middle School
      • Thursday, January 29 from 5:00-7:00pm in homeroom classes
      • Saturday, January 31 from 10:00am-12:00pm in the library
    • Montgomery County High School
      • Thursday, January 29th from 5 - 8 p.m. in TGA classrooms
         
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Updated January 26, 2015
 

Damage/Repair/Replace Fee Schedule

Issue

Action(s) Necessary

Cost

Accidental Damage - 1st Instance

A report must be made immediately to administration. The device and case must be returned to the school so that a new or spare device may be issued.

$25

Accidental Damage - 2nd Instance

A report must be made immediately to administration. The device and case must be returned to the school so that a new or spare device may be issued. However, a spare device may not be issued for a 2nd break. The student may need to wait until the original device is returned from service.

$50

Accidental Damage - 3rd and additional Instances

A report must be made immediately to administration. The device and case must be returned to the school. However, a spare device will not be issued. The student must wait until the original device is returned from service. Some loss of privileges of using the device may occur.

$100

Intentional Damage

A report must be made immediately to administration. The device and case must be returned to the school so that a new or spare device may be issued. Deliberate damage will be referred to an administrator. Any and all appropriate discipline for damage to school property may be appropriate.

Cost of Repair or Full Replacement Cost - $330

Lost

A report must be made immediately to administration and full replacement cost shall be paid.

 

 

*Device

$330

 

*Protective Case

$30

 

*Power Cord

$25

Theft

A report must be made immediately to administration and a police report must be filed.

No Cost