FAQs — Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

TCSD recognizes that access to technology in school gives students greater opportunities to learn, engage, communicate and develop skills that will prepare them for work, life and citizenship. We are committed to helping students develop progressive technology and communication skills.

TCSD strives to develop students who are critical thinkers, creative, can identify and solve problems, have strong communication skills and are technologically savvy. We believe this is the key to developing lifelong learners and foster 21st century skills. Simply being able to use technology is no longer enough. Today’s students need to be able to use technology to analyze, learn and explore. Digital age skills are vital for preparing students to work, live and contribute to the social and civic fabric of their communities.

What is 1:1 iPad Initiative?

1:1 is a program being implemented in Tishomingo County High School and Belmont High School. Students in grades 9-12 will receive an iPad. TCSD recognizes that access to technology in school gives students greater opportunities to learn, engage, communicate and develop skills that will prepare them for work, life and citizenship. We are committed to helping students develop progressive technology and communication skills.

Is there a fee to participate in the program?

Yes, there is a $35.00 annual non-refundable technology fee for each student, with deductibles per damage incident. This fee DOES NOT cover the first incident. Please refer to the Technology Handbook for all cost per occurrence.

Does every student have to participate in the 1:1 iPad Initiative?

Every high school student will be required to participate in the initiative or he/she will utilize a paper and pencil method.

What are the procedures if my child breaks a device?

In the event that an iPad is damaged, lost or stolen, the iPad user will be assessed a $50.00 deductible for the repair or replacement of the iPad for the first occurrence. Additional fees will be charged after the first occurrence per device. Please refer to the Student Technology Handbook for all costs per occurrence.

  • First damage occurrence: $50.00 deductible to cover damage.
  • Second damage occurrence: $50.00 deductible plus 25% of the repair cost to repair the device and possible loss of take home privileges.
  • Third damage occurrence: $50.00 deductible plus 50% of the repair cost to repair the device and loss of take home privileges.
  • Fourth damage occurrence: Fair market value to repair or replace the device.

Any damage must be reported to school authorities immediately. Power adapters and sleeves must be returned or paid in full.

Will students be able to access any website once they leave the campus?

No, the Internet filter provided by TCSD will continue to filter on and off campus. Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires our network to be restricted of online content. No filter is guaranteed to provide 100% safety at all times.  TCSD does its best to ensure that our students are not exposed to undesirable content.

Can students individualize their iPad desktop?

Yes, as long as they meet the guidelines set forth in the Internet/Technology Acceptable Use Policy and the Technology and Instruction / Electronic Information Resources Policy.

Can students customize their iPad sleeve and/or protective case?

Yes, but can only use a removable vinyl sticker that is appropriate in a public education setting. Items used must be easily removable and must not leave any indication of ever being used.

Can students remove their iPad protective case?

No, keep the iPad in the district-issued approved sleeve and case. Disciplinary action may occur if not followed.

What if we already own a device and want to use it?

In grades where students are issued an iPad by the district, students will not be allowed to use their personal devices in place of the district iPad. The goal of the 1:1 initiative is to provide every student with the same device. The district is not able to provide support or install software on personal devices. Therefore, the use of personal devices is not a viable alternative to a district provided device. This initiative is all about teaching and learning.

Will student files be backed up?

No, all users are responsible for keeping backups of important data. If a device has to be repaired, there may be a need to reset it to the original settings. The technology department will not be responsible for any user data that might be lost as a part of this process.

What accounts will each student have?

Students in grades 3-12 have email and students in grades 9-12 have CANVAS (Learning Management System) accounts provided by TCSD.

Can I get my home printer to work on my iPad?

Yes, many printers will work by simply by connecting the printer to the iPad.  Students will have rights to install printers.

What comes with the iPad?

o     iPad 9.7-Inch 5th Gen (Wi-Fi Only)
o     MP2F2LL/A iPad Wi-Fi 32GB Space Gray
o     Model A1822
o     2 GB Ram, Two Core, 1.8 GHz Apple A9 processor, 32 GB Flash Memory Storage
o     9.7″ 2048×1536 (264 ppi) LED-backlit IPS touch-sensitive “Retina” display
o     “Touch ID” fingerprint sensor
o     Lightning Port Power Cable
o     Dual Cameras:  Rear-mounted 8 megapixel “iSight” camera & Front-mounted 1.2 megapixel “FaceTime HD” camera
o     Logitech Rugged Combo with Detachable Keyboard
o     Height x Width x Depth:  273.5 mm x 193.9 mm x 25.8 mm
o     Weight: 744 g

Logitech worked with Apple to design the Rugged Combo to be incredibly durable and protect iPad while bringing a secure keyboard connection that’s approved for testing, so teachers and students can focus on expanding what’s possible inside the classroom and beyond.

The Rugged Case’s frame is lined with soft polymer ribs that flex on impact to protect iPad from drops as high as six feet onto surfaces as hard as concrete. The kick-back stand has sturdy mechanical hinges that move freely within a 40-degree range, while staying firmly in place, without collapsing, even with aggressive tapping.

The keyboard physically connects to iPad using Logitech’s proprietary connector, making it a secure solution for student testing and exams. The keyboard also sources power directly from iPad, so teachers or students never have to charge the keyboard. The keyboard’s design leverages Logitech’s extensive expertise to provide laptop-like, comfortable typing to minimize mistakes. Its dedicated row of short-cut and function keys, also make it easy to navigate various iPad functions, directly from the keyboard.

What are the Terms?

All users of district provided laptops, tablets, or other personal computing devices will comply at all times with the Tishomingo County School District (TCSD) School Board policies. Any failure to comply may result in termination of user rights of possession effective immediately and the District may repossess the device. Any lost, stolen and damaged devices must be reported to school authorities immediately.

Who has the Title to the iPad?

The District has legal title to the property at all times. The user’s right of possession and use is limited to and conditioned upon full and complete compliance with this agreement and all District policies and procedures.

What if the iPad is Lost, Stolen, or has Full Damage?

If a device is stolen, the employee or parent/guardian (in the case of a student) should immediately notify the school administration. At that time, the user or the parent/guardian will be required to file a police report through campus police. Once a police report has been filed, the district, in conjunction with the local law enforcement agency, may deploy locating software to aid authorities in recovering the device. It is imperative that a lost or stolen device be reported immediately. If the stolen device is not reported within three calendar days to a district school administrator, the employee or parent/guardian will be responsible for full replacement cost.

If a device is damaged, lost or stolen as a result of irresponsible behavior, the user or the parent shall be responsible for the full replacement cost. The user or the parent/guardian will be responsible for full replacement cost of the device if not reported to district personnel within three calendar days of missing or damaged device.

In the event that a device is damaged, lost or stolen, the user will be assessed a deductible for the repair or replacement of the device for the first occurrence per device. A chart listing replacement cost is included in this policy.

Students or employees who leave the district during the school year must return all devices and additional accessories to the school administrator. If devices are not returned, charges will be filed with local authorities.

Can the iPad be Repossessed?

If the user does not fully comply with all terms of this Agreement and the TCSD School Board policies, including the timely return of the property, TCSD shall be entitled to declare the user in default and come to the user’s place of residence, or other location of the property, to take possession of the property.

What are the Terms of Agreement?

The user’s right to use and possession of the property terminates not later than the last day of enrollment, unless earlier terminated by TCSD or upon withdrawal from TCSD.

What is an Unlawful Appropriation?

Failure to timely return the property and the continued use of it for non-school purposes without the District’s consent may be considered unlawful appropriation of the District’s property.

What are Use and Maintenance Fees?

  • Parents/guardians shall pay a non-refundable annual fee of $35 for student use of devices.
  • The annual fee is by device.
  • The annual fee must be paid immediately upon registration each school year.
  • For damage that occurs to any district device (students and employees) there will be a required deductible to cover damage by incident (i.e. 1st damage, 2nd damage) AND by incident type (i.e. cracked glass, broken LCD, bent frame, etc.).
  • If the device is lost, stolen, or totally damaged as a result of irresponsible behavior, the person the device is issued to shall be responsible for the replacement cost. A campus police report will be required for all stolen devices.
  • District may disable the device remotely to protect the device and/or data on the device.
  • Seniors must clear all records and pay all fees before they shall be allowed to participate in commencement exercises.

How do I properly Handle and Care for the iPad?

  • Keep the device in the district-issued approved sleeve.
  • Keep the device and sleeve free of any writing, drawing, stickers, or labels that are not applied by TCSD.
  • Use the device on a flat, stable surface.
  • Do not place books on the device.
  • Do not have food or drinks around the device.
  • Wipe surfaces with a clean, dry soft cloth.
  • Avoid touching the screen with pens or pencils.
  • Do not leave the device exposed to direct sunlight or near any heat or moisture sources for extended periods of time.

What about Power Management for the device?

  • It is the user’s responsibility to recharge the device’s battery so it is fully charged by the start of each school day.
  • Devices with little or no battery life must be charged in the classroom or at a provided charging station. When charged in the classroom, the student may be required to forfeit use of the device for the entire time it takes to charge it. A student must be present when charging the device at a provided charging station.
  • All class work missed because of uncharged batteries must be made up on a student’s own time.
  • Students may also bring a teacher approved small portable charging device to assist with charging during school hours.
  • Students may purchase additional charging devices at the school store.

 How do I properly Transport the iPad?

  • Transport the device in its protective sleeve.
  • Do not leave the device in a vehicle for extended periods of time or overnight.
  • Do not leave the device in visible sight if left in a vehicle.

What about Monitoring and Supervision of the Device?

  • Do not leave the device unattended in an unlocked classroom or during an extracurricular activity.
  • Do not lend the device to a classmate, friend, or family member. If any person damages the device, it will be the user’s (parent/guardian in the case of a student) responsibility and the damage cost policy will be in effect.
  • Any attempt to “jailbreak” or remove the TCSD profile could result in disciplinary action, including suspension.
  • Students are responsible for the safety and security of the device and any activity on the device.

What if I need Help and/or Support?

Each school will have a designated technology support person. Teachers and staff will be the only individuals to submit TCSD technology work orders or call the TCSD Technology Help Desk. Students will contact their teachers as a first level of support. If the student needs additional assistance, they will visit the designated technology support person at their school. An authorized individual will contact the technology department for additional assistance as needed.

Is there a Fee Payment Plan if I cannot pay the initial $35.00 fee at one time?

   Full Fee Payment:                            _____  $35.00 (full fee for current school year)

   Refusal of Services to iPad                _____  $0.00, denied his/her child access to iPad

Fee Payment Plan

_____  $10.00 (1st of 3 payments – due on parent meeting night)

_____  $12.50 (2nd of 3 payments – due on February 1st)

_____  $12.50 (3rd of 3 payments – due on April 1st)

Is there a Fee Payment Plan if I cannot pay the cost at one time for damages?

$25 must be paid on the first day of each month, until the amount of the cost is paid in full.  (Example:  If the first occurrence is in February, the deductible is $50, therefore, the parent will be responsible for paying $25 on March 1st and $25 on April 1st.

What happens if I refuse for my child to participate in iPad initiative?

The student will use a paper and pencil option.

What happens if my child does not bring his/her iPad to school?

The student will revert to a paper and pencil option. If students leave their iPad at home, they are responsible for getting the course work completed as if they had their iPad present. If a student repeatedly leaves their ipad at home, it will be considered defiance and discipline measures will be taken.

What happens if my child does not bring the iPad to school charged?

The student will revert to a paper and pencil option or can bring his/her own small portable charging device that can be used during class. Be sure the charging device being used is the correct voltage for the iPad.

Can my child bring a portable charging device to be used during class?

Yes, a student may bring a small personal portable charging device and utilize it during instructional time. Be sure the charging device is the correct voltage for the iPad.

Will students be allowed to download additional programs/apps at certain times?

Students will be allowed to download additional programs/apps for various reasons during the school year as rewards for good behavior, attendance, etc. A kiosk (app portal) of approved programs/apps will be available for students to choose from during these occasions.

Will additional programs/apps be locked by the district?

If a student does not comply with classroom requirements, instructions, iPad guidelines, etc, the student can lose the privilege of utilizing the additional access.

What if I fail to return the device my final day of school?

This can result in criminal prosecution, holding transcripts, denying graduation participation, denying school provided scholarship award letters, etc.