GPS 1:1 Chromebook/Tablet Implementation Guide
Chromebooks will be distributed to all Griswold Public Schools students in grades 1-12.
Note that these devices will be collected at the end of each school year. As a reminder, these are school-issued devices and are only to be used for completing school assignments and communications. All Chromebooks use GoGuardian software to monitor and filter the students' activity on the device. Our goal is to provide a safe and user-friendly experience.
Parents/Guardians must must sign the annual Chromebook/Tablet agreement before Chromebooks can be issued to their child. This policy outlines procedures and policies for families to protect the Chromebooks and Tablet investment for the district. Access to the Griswold District Technology resources is a privilege and not a right. Each employee, student and/or parent will be required to follow the District Acceptable Use Policy.
Chromebooks will be collected at the end of each school year. Instructions for collection will be given at a later date. Students leaving the district must return Chromebooks or Tablets to the Technology Department. Any Chromebook that is not returned will be considered stolen property, and law enforcement will be notified.
Student-owned devices are not supported for instructional purposes and should not be brought to school.
Griswold Public Schools will not be liable for them.
The Griswold Public School district views the use of electronic resources as central to the delivery of its educational program and expects that all students will use electronic resources as an essential part of their learning experiences. It is the policy of the Griswold School district to maintain an environment that promotes ethical and responsible conduct in all electronic resource activities.
General Reminders: Appropriate Use In School
- All use of technology must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy.
- Student in whose name a Chromebook is issued will be responsible at all times for its appropriate use.
- All use of the Internet must comply with district guidelines. Log files are maintained on each Chromebook with a detailed history of all sites accessed. These files may be reviewed periodically.
- All Chromebooks contain a remote content filter for use outside of school.
- Students are expected to notify a staff member immediately if they come across information, images or messages that are inappropriate, dangerous, threatening, or make them feel uncomfortable.
- All users are expected to comply with existing copyright laws.
- Students may only log in under their assigned user name. Students may not share their password with other students.
- Students are responsible for charging the Chromebook battery each day.
- Students are expected to care for the Chromebook. If a Chromebook is deemed to be intentionally damaged by a student, the student may be subject to discipline.
- Students are expected to report any damage to their Chromebook immediately. Spot inspections of Chromebooks will occur regularly. Students who do not report damage or abuse could be subject to both fines and discipline.
- Students are expected to keep track of all equipment issued to them. If components are lost, the student/parent will be responsible for the full cost of replacement.
- Students may not loan Chromebook components to other students for any reason. Students who do so are responsible for any loss of components.
- Educational Games may be used at the discretion of the teacher.
- All students have access to their Google drive on which to store data. It is the responsibility of the student to see to it that critical files are backed up regularly to this location.
- The district will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation concerning or relating to violations of computer crime laws.
General Reminders: Appropriate Use At Home
- District web filters are active at home, just as they are at school.
- The use of Chromebooks at home for schoolwork is encouraged.
- Chromebook care at home is as important as at school.
- Transport your Chromebook in a case or protected backpack.
Chromebook Use and Care
- Always carry your Chromebook closed and by the handle.
- No food or drink should be near Chromebooks.
- When moving the Chromebook use two hands. Do not pick it up by the monitor.
- Close the Chromebook lid whenever you are not using or moving it around.
- Never leave the Chromebook unattended in the hallway or any other public space for any reason.
- When placing your Chromebook in a locker, never pile items on top of your Chromebook.
- When placing your Chromebook on a table or desk, gently position it on the surface. Do not slam/swing the Chromebook onto the surface. Center the Chromebook on desks or tables to avoid it being bumped and falling to the floor.
- Lock your Chromebook when it is not in use.
- When moving between classes, put your computer on Standby.
- When leaving for the day, completely shut down your Chromebook.
- If at all possible, do not leave your Chromebook in the car. If you must leave it, lock it in the trunk or somewhere out of view.
- Protect your Chromebook from exposure to extreme heat or cold. This includes when leaving it in a vehicle.
- Be polite; messages typed in capital letters on the computer are equivalent to shouting and are considered rude.
- Use appropriate language. Swearing, vulgarity, ethnic or racial slurs, and any other inflammatory language are prohibited.
- Pretending to be someone else when sending/receiving messages is considered inappropriate.
- Transmitting obscene messages or pictures is prohibited.
- Revealing personal addresses or phone numbers of the user or others is prohibited.
- Using the network in such a way that would disrupt the use of the network by other users is prohibited.
- Modify files, data or passwords belonging to other users on the network.
- Knowingly place a computer virus on a computer or network.
- Attempt to access or access sites blocked by the RCSD filtering system.
- Download music, games, images, videos, or other media without the permission of a teacher.
- Send or forward social or non-school related e-mails.
The discipline policies at each school have been revised to encompass the one-to-one environment. The privilege of having a computer comes with a new set of responsibilities and new consequences. The Technology Discipline Hierarchy has a common structure district-wide. These are explained in this section.
Griswold Public Schools maintains an Internet filtering/monitoring solution. This program automatically filters all student access to the Internet and monitors student activities on the computer both in school and at home. Please note, however, that there is no better security tool than an involved adult!
All district owned Chromebooks use GoGuardian software to monitor and filter the students' activity on the device. Our goal is to provide a safe and user friendly experience.
Occasionally, unexpected problems do occur with the Chromebooks that are not the fault of the user (computer crashes, software errors, etc.). The Technology Services Department is prepared to assist students in resolving these issues. These issues will be remedied at no cost.