What device will my student be receiving for remote learning?

PreK through 3rd-grade students will receive an iPad.  4th and 5th-grade students will receive a Chromebook.

 

What happens if an iPad or Chromebook is lost, stolen, or broken?

Students will be responsible for loss, or damage caused by abuse, dropping, spilling on it, etc. EPS is offering a $12.50/semester “Student Technology Protection Plan” (STPP) to help cover the cost of damaged devices. If the device is stolen, students must submit a police report with the claim to use their STPP (Student Technology Protection Plan). Visit Edmond Public Schools’ Technology webpage and select STPP-Student Protection Plan for the most recent information. 

 

What is the Student Technology Protection Plan (STPP)?

 This protection plan covers 100% of the cost of the first accidental damage incident and 50% of the cost of a second accidental damage incident. We strongly recommend parents take advantage of this plan. Your child will be automatically enrolled in the STPP when you pay the $12.50 fee. You must make this payment between August 10th and September 15th using the InTouch online payment system or in person at your student’s school. 

Please note: The elementary fee varies from the secondary fee due to remote learning. 

 

Are elementary students required to have an EPS device?

Yes. Just like a textbook, the iPad/Chromebook will be a necessary instructional tool to use during remote learning. Teachers are also issued the same device which allows them to help students in class with some issues that may arise.

 

Do iPads and Chromebooks require Internet access?

 Yes. Although Chromebooks have some limited “offline” capabilities they generally do require Wi-Fi and Internet access for most of their functions. 

 

What if my child does not have internet access at home?

If your family does not have at home internet access, there are EPS district Hotspots that may be checked out for the duration of the school year. There are also affordable home internet options that your family may use. Additionally, the Edmond Public Library, IHOP, Starbucks, and many other locations throughout Edmond offer free WiFi. Cox Communications offers a $9.95/month home internet package, including free installation and WiFi router, to low-income families. Click here for details. AT&T offers $5/month and $10.00/month home internet package to low-income families. 

 

Will objectionable internet content be blocked?

Yes. The EPS staff takes our responsibility for protecting students very seriously. Whether your child is using their iPad/Chromebook at school, at home, or around town, all of their internet traffic will be processed by our content filtering system. 

 

May other family members or friends share the district provided device?

No. We ask that use of the district iPad and Chromebook be strictly limited to the student to which it was assigned. They are to be viewed as an instruction tool, just like a textbook, not a device for personal entertainment. 

 

Can my child use the district provided device for personal use/ non-school-related use?

We recommend that your child only use the district iPad/Chromebook for school-related activities. It will be tightly monitored by the internet content filtering system. Most streaming music sites, Netflix, and other such entertainment websites and apps will be blocked. 

 

What do I do if my device is lost or stolen? 

If an iPad/Chromebook is lost or stolen, immediately report it to the police and notify the classroom teacher at your school. The device will be disabled and a message will appear stating, “If found, please notify Edmond Public Schools at…” Each iPad and Chromebook also have an asset tag (sticker) on them that says “Edmond Public Schools”, so if someone finds one they will be able to figure out that it belongs to us.