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iPad FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is 1:1 iPad Initiative?

1:1 is a program being implemented in Tishomingo County School District. Students in grades 7-12 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. 

 

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 7th-12th grade student will be required to participate in the initiative. Class assignments cannot be completed without a school issued device. However, a parent may opt out of their student taking the device home and choose the Optional daily Check-In/Check-Out system.

 

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 with the same programs and safeguards/filters in place. 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. 

 

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

The student will be responsible for having someone bring their device to them at school.

 

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

Students should always have their own small portable charging device or a backup charger with them at school.

 

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.

 

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.

 

What accounts will each student have?

Students in grades 3-12 have email, students in grades 7-8 have Google Classroom, and students in grades 9-12 have CANVAS (Learning Management System) accounts provided by TCSD. 

 

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

 

If a device is stolen, the parent/guardian 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 if possible. 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 parent/guardian will be responsible for full replacement cost. If a device is damaged, lost or stolen as a result of irresponsible behavior, the student or the parent shall be responsible for the full replacement cost.

 

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.

 

DAMAGE:

LOST OR STOLEN:

1st Incident:   $50.00

1st Incident:      $50.00

2nd Incident:  $60.00

2nd Incident:   $100.00

3rd Incident:  $75.00

3rd Incident:   $200.00

4th Damage Occurrence:
Actual cost to replace the device.

4th Damage Occurrence:
Actual cost to replace the device.

 

Any damage must be reported to school authorities immediately.

 

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.

 

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. Students are encouraged to backup notes and important information in their school Google Drive.

 

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. Seniors must clear all records and pay all fees before they shall be allowed to participate in commencement exercises.

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

Device Specifications—What device will the student be issued?

  • iPad 9.7-Inch 5th Gen (Wi-Fi Only)

o     MP2F2LL/A iPad Wi-Fi 32GB Space Gray

o     Model A1822

--OR--

  • iPad 9.7-Inch 6th Gen (Wi-Fi Only)

o     MP2F2LL/A iPad Wi-Fi 32GB Gold

o     Model A1893

--AND--

  • 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.

 

How do I properly Handle and Care for the iPad?

  • Keep the device in the district-issued approved case. Do not remove the device for any reason—device screens can be easily broken if forced out of the cases incorrectly.
  • Keep the device and case free of any writing, drawing, or labels that are not applied or approved by TCSD.
  • Use the device on a flat, stable surface.
  • Do not pick the device up by the keyboard.
  • Keep the keyboard on the device for the extra layer of protection.
  • 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. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DEVICE IN A VEHICLE.
  • Do not leave the device unattended.
 

How do I properly Transport the iPad?

  • Transport the device in its protective case with the keyboard attached.
  • 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 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.
  • Charging devices in the classroom will be allowed at the teacher’s discretion.
  • All class work missed because of uncharged batteries must be made up on a student’s own time if allowed by the teacher.
  • 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.

 

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)

           

   Fee Payment Plan

                        _____  $10.00 (1st of 3 payments – due at registration)

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

                        _____  $12.50 (3rd of 3 payments – due on December 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.

 

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

Students will be allowed to download from the App Portal of approved programs/apps provided. Students will not have access to the App Store.

 

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 to “fun” apps.

 

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.