Chromebook Registration 2017-2018

Wayland Middle School is very happy to announce that every student will receive a new Chromebook for the 2017-2018 school year.

Students will receive an HP G5 Education Edition Chromebook.

HP Chromebook

HP G5 EE Chromebook

Sixth grade families will receive the device at the Chromebook Orientation session. Seventh and Eighth grade students will receive their device  in homeroom after the start of school.

Each family should follow the steps below to complete the registration process before school starts. However, we are providing an opportunity for parents to order a very sturdy, protective case for $20 through the school and ask that you register early to facilitate that ordering process. The deadline for ordering a case is August 11th. DEADLINE HAS PASSED FOR THIS YEAR. PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR OWN ALWAYS-ON CASE.  If you don’t order through the school your family must provide a protective case and have it ready on the designated pickup day.

6th Grade Families:

  • Orientation Session Registration  Reserve A Spot for Your Family
    Each session is one hour long. The first 30 min. is to complete the registration process. Going through these online steps before you arrive will expedite the process for everyone. The second 30 min. will be spent in the theater learning more about the Chromebook 1:1 program and the expectations for use. You only need to reserve one spot per family, not for each family member.

 

  • Maintenance Fee– The school is requesting $40 per student for the Chromebook maintenance fee. Although this fee is voluntary, we are strongly encouraging payment to support the Securly home filtering software and to pay for the purchase of parts to repair accidental damage. Neglectful damage will not be covered.  Most of the repairs will be completed by in-house staff. More complex issues will be sent to a Somerville, MA repair facility.  If a family elects not to pay the fee, they must sign a liability waiver form to cover all accidental or neglectful damage to the Chromebook.We prefer that families use the online payment method before attending the Chromebook Orientation session. However, we do accept checks made out to Wayland Public Schools.  Sorry, we do not accept cash.If your family requires financial assistance with the fee, please fill out an application with the District’s Business Office and bring the paperwork with you to the orientation session.
    Financial Assistance Overview
    Financial Assistance Application

 

  • Care & Use Agreement Form – Please read the entire Agreement form and go over the information with your child. The school requires a parent/guardian signature on the last page. Please bring it with you to the orientation session. We will also have copies on hand for you to sign if you have difficulty printing.

 

 

  • School-only vs Take-Home – A vast majority of students will take home the Chromebook each day. However, if students have adequate access to a device at home, some families may elect to have their child’s Chromebook locked in a cart at the end of each day. It is the child’s responsibility to return the Chromebook to the cart (by 3:30) and plugin the device so it’s ready for the next school day. Fill out this form only if you want your child to keep the Chromebook at school.

 

  • Family Contract  –  A family  agreement  helps to establish rules and guidelines on internet and device use.  It is a great way to start a conversation about internet safety, and to decide on and communicate expectations from the start so there are no misunderstandings. We provide this contract for your family to use together and there is no need to return it to the school.

7th & 8th Grade Families:

  • Maintenance Fee  or Liability Waiver Form – The school is requesting $40 from every family for the Chromebook maintenance fee. Although this fee is voluntary, we are strongly encouraging payment to support the Securly home filtering software and to pay for the purchase of parts to repair accidental damage. Neglectful damage will not be covered (eg: missing keys, peeling trackpads, or scratches/etchings beyond normal wear and tear).NEW Repair Process: Most of the repairs, including warranty work,  will be completed by in-house staff for a faster turn-around. More complex issues will be sent to a local repair facility in Somerville, MA.If a family elects not to pay the fee, they must sign a liability waiver form to cover all accidental or neglectful damage to the Chromebook.If your family requires financial assistance with the fee, please fill out an application with the District’s Business Office and bring the paperwork with you to the orientation session.Financial Assistance Overview
    Financial Assistance Application

 

  • Care & Use Agreement Form  – Please read the entire Agreement form and go over the information with your child. The school requires a parent/guardian signature on the last page. Please have your child bring it to school when their teacher announces the deployment date.

 

  • Case Options – Every student must supply a case for the Chromebook.  If your child’s case is still in good working condition, they may use the same one as last year. However, if the zipper is broken or the case is ripped we are providing an option to order one through the school, by August 11th,  to take advantage of bulk pricing – $20 for an always-on case with many protective features.  You can pay for this at the same time as paying for the maintenance fee.DEADLINE HAS PASSED FOR THIS YEAR. PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR OWN ALWAYS-ON CASE–  links to other case vendors.  Students will need to bring a case with them to school in order to receive their Chromebook.

 

  • School-only vs Take-home – If you would like your child to keep their Chromebook at school please fill out this form. Please do so even if your child has kept it at school in the past. We will assign each student a slot in a lockable cart and the charger will be installed for them. The students are responsible for plugging in their Chromebook at the end of each school day before 3:30.

 

  • Family Contract  – A family  agreement  helps to establish rules and guidelines on Internet and device use.  It is a great way to start a conversation and decide on expectations from the start so there are no misunderstandings. It is never too late to have the conversation!  We provide this contract for your family to use together and there is no need to return it to the school.
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Chromebook Info 2016 – 7th & 8th Grade Families

Students will receive their same Chromebooks back during the first week of school in homeroom.

The following items are required before the device can be deployed to your child:

If your child did not turn in a Chromebook charger at the end of last year, and did not provide payment for a replacement, please purchase an original Acer charger for the C720 Chromebook.  Using a “knock-off” charger can cause serious damage to the battery, trackpad and/or keyboard.

If you would like to change the status of your child’s Chromebook use from school-only to take-home (or vise-versa), please email Beth_Monahan at wayland.k12.ma.us.  Thank you.

 

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Chromebook Cases

Since most students bring home their Chromebook each day and all students travel from class to class with their device, the cases are an important component to the ongoing care of your child’s school-issued computer.
The more the device can be protected the from inevitable bumps and falls, the less your child will have to deal with having his/her Chromebook repaired.  It is a good investment.
We do NOT suggest the use of thin neoprene sleeves that are available in most stores — unless you also intend to use a hard shell case fitted to the Chromebook itself.
Below are the recommended cases that provide protection and remain on the device during use.  For your convenience, we’ve provided links to multiple vendors for each style.

The HP  G5 EE  Chromebook has an 11.6 inch screen.

HP M7U12UT 11″ Chromebook Always-On Case Black from HP.com
 
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6th Grade Chromebook Information – 2016

The following information outlines the steps to complete before a Chromebook is handed out to your student(s).
We request that you do not wait until the night of the training to do the steps below…it only makes for a longer line and prolongs the evening for all. Thank you, in advance, for your consideration.
If you have any questions, please email Beth_Monahan@wayland.k12.ma.us, WMS Instructional Technology Specialist.

1) Orientation Session:

Each family, parents and student(s), must attend a mandatory orientation session in August that will last one hour. The first 30 minutes is for registration, picking up the device and logging in. Then families will enter the theater for a 30 minute informational session.  Please reserve a ticket (one for each student).  Reserve a ticket for the WMS student only and there is no need to print.

2) Cases:

Each family will need to purchase and bring a Chromebook case with them to the orientation session.   If you do not have a case at that time we will hold on to the device until you and the student can acquire one. Cases are a vital component to having your child’s device remain in good working order so we have compiled a list of models and vendors from which to choose.

3) Paperwork:

In addition to picking up the device and attending orientation, parents will need to sign the WMS Chromebook Care & Use Agreement.  Please read the entire document, sign and bring the last page with you to the orientation session.

4) Insurance Fee:

To pay the $40 insurance fee for Go Care, as outlined in the Care & Use Agreement, pay online here.
If you prefer, you may bring a check, made out to Wayland Public Schools, on the night of orientation.  Please put your student’s name, grade and ID number on the memo of the check. The insurance fee is not mandatory but STRONGLY suggested. If your family opts out of the fee then a liability waiver must be signed.
Financial Assistance:
If you require financial assistance, please be sure to submit an application via the District’s Business Office.

5)Take-home or School-only :

Although the vast majority of students bring the Chromebook home each day, families do have the option of keeping the device at school. Please fill out this form if you want your son/daughter to keep the Chromebook at school.
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6th Grade Chromebook Information -2015

The following information outlines the steps necessary to complete before a Chromebook is handed out to your student(s).
1) Training:
Each family, parents and student(s), must attend a 30-minute training in August or September at the time of deployment. Please reserve a ticket (one for each student) and allow at least 30 minutes before the training to pickup the device and finish the registration process. For example, if training begins at 6:30, you should arrive no later than 6:00.  If training begins at 7:00, you should arrive by 6:30.  The total time is about one hour.
2) Cases:
Each student will need to bring a Chromebook case with them to the training. The school will not be providing a case this year as part of the fee. The WMS PTO will be providing information on how to purchase a case via their new school supply program. You will be able to purchase just the case if you do not want to buy the other school supply items.  If you do not have a case at the time of training we will hold on to the device until you and the student can acquire one.
3) Signature:
In addition to picking up the device and attending training, parents will need to sign the WMS Chromebook Care & Use Agreement.  Please read the entire document, sign and bring the last page with you to the training.
4) Insurance Fee:
To pay the $31 insurance fee for Worth Ave, as outlined in the Care & Use Agreement, please pay online here. Additional information about coverage and Worth Ave is attached.  If you prefer, you may mail a check, made out to Wayland Public Schools, to:
Leisha Simon
Wayland Public Schools
41 Cochituate Road

Wayland, MA 01778.

Please put your student’s name, grade and ID number on the memo of the check. This is not mandatory but STRONGLY suggested. If your family opts out of the fee then a liability waiver must be signed.
Financial Assistance:
If you require financial assistance, please follow these links for more information:
5) Select an Option:
Although a fast majority of students bring the Chromebook home each day, families do have the option of keeping the device at school. Please access this form to select the option that best suits the student’s academic needs.
We request that you do not wait until the night of the training to do the steps above…it only makes for a longer line and prolongs the evening for all. Thank you, in advance, for your consideration.
If you have any questions, please email Beth_Monahan@wayland.k12.ma.us, WMS Technology Specialist.
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7th & 8th Grade Chromebook information 2015

Rising 7th & 8th Graders Chromebook Process for 2015-2016

We are asking families to pay $31 for the usage fee (which still includes the Securly home filtering program). We have decided to contract with Worth Ave Insurance Company to handle repairs as they can both extend the warranty for one more year and provide comprehensive accidental coverage, including liquid damage (see attached).  This also includes damage to the power adapter. The fee does not cover theft (which did not happen this year) or lost device (only one device this year) and power charger (unknown).  It’s a great deal!

We are strongly suggesting that all families signup for this program.  The Chromebook program has been very successful this year as all students had the access they needed both in and out of the classroom. Not surprisingly, this year’s experience has shown that many unintentional accidents, drops and spills happened.  The insurance option will provide peace of mind at a relatively low cost.  If you elect not to participate then families will be responsible for any damage done to the device, which will be out of warranty.  The school will need a liability waiver signed so we know you understand this aspect of the program.
Payment should be made by August 1st You will need to know your student’s ID number, which is their lunch code and printed on their report card (and in iPass). This is the preferred payment method.
Or, physical checks can be made out to Wayland Public Schools and mailed to:
Leisha Simon
Wayland Public Schools
41 Chochituate Road
Wayland, MA 01778
Please include STUDENT NAME, ID and GRADE on the check.
If you need financial assistance: 
The Chromebooks will be re-deployed to students at school via homeroom in September.  They will receive the same device. We will require each family to sign the agreement page and AUP at that time.
Cases: 

The PTO will be offering a new online option for purchasing school supplies as a fundraiser. A different type of Chromebook case for the Acer C720 will be available from this site and students can opt to get one if they prefer that style.   You may also  purchase the case directly from Amazon.

 

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Virtual Training for Families – 2014

Step #1)  Watch the training video and answer the related questions: 

VIDEO LINK –

Step #2) Select an option for your family
Click on this form to indicate the option that best meets your child’s academic needs.  Do you want them to take-home the Chromebook or leave it at school?

 

Step #3) Pay the maintenance fee – strongly encouraged!
The $50 fee includes a case and Securly home filtering software. The remainder of the money goes toward insurance to cover any accidental damage.
Click here for the payment site. You may also pay by check made out to Wayland Public Schools.  The fee is not mandatory but strongly encouraged! If you do not participate in the maintenance fee but do opt to have your child bring home the device, your family will need to buy a case for the Chromebook to protect it. Here is the one we selected for the students.

 

Step #4) Fill out the Care & Use form.
Please read the form and send in the last page with a signature. Please indicate on the form (anywhere on the page)  the payment method you selected or if you opt out of the insurance.

Contact beth_monahan@wayland.k12.ma.us if you have any questions.

Thanks!

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Student Login Information

Student usernames follow this format:

firstname_lastname@student.wayland.k12.ma.us

Student passwords for current 6th and 7th graders are set to the following format

wps+student id+yog (last two digits of year of graduation)

For example:

wps12321 (for sixth grade)

wps12320 (for seventh grade0

wps12319 (for eighth grade)

 

If students could not login the night of Chromebook training, their passwords have been reset to   “bertrocks”. They will be asked to create a new password.

 

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Chromebook FAQ’s

As questions come in to the school we will post the answers here.

 

Chromebook FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)

 

Is the Chromebook initiative mandatory?

Every student in the middle school, grades 6-8, will be issued a Chromebook. Students will be required to bring the device to class each day but it will be up to the teacher as to whether or not the Chromebook will be used in class to support the day’s lesson or activity.

 

Will my child need to bring the Chromebook home?

If families feel they have adequate digital access for all members of the household then families can select the “school-only” option. These students will be assigned a slot in a lockable cart. The student will be responsible for plugging in their Chromebook at the end of each day before leaving the school.

 

Can my child bring in their own Chromebook or other personal device?

The district has decided not to enter into a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program. With each Chromebook comes a device-specific license that allows efficient management of WIFI access, security settings and deployment of Chrome apps, including the Securly app for home filtering.

 

Do I have to pay the $50 fee?

The Care and Maintenance fee is not mandatory but is highly recommended. The fee includes a carrying case, the securly filtering software, and repair or replacement of the device for any accidental damage or loss. If the fee is not paid, families will be responsible for any necessary repair or replacement, including the power cord.

Replacement screens cost approximately $75.00 and replacement chargers are approximately $45.00. The cost to replace the device is approximately $250.00. Note: once we receive confirmation of these prices we will re-post the information.
What if the Chromebook is stolen?

If the Chromebook is stolen then it is to be reported immediately to the school and the Wayland Police Department. If the student and family has shown due diligence in the care of the device before it went missing then the student will be issued a new Chromebook. There is a limit of one replacement per student.

 

When is a repair paid for by the school and when is the family responsible?

The $50 fee covers the purchase of a protective case, Securly filtering software and the remainder is to use for accidental repairs that are bound to crop up. For example, a student is quietly working at their desk with the Chromebook and it is accidentally knocked off the table, thereby cracking the screen. The school will use the fee to have it repaired. If the accidental damage is to the degree that a replacement unit is required, the school will pay to replace it (one time). If the damage is due to negligence (being rough with the chromebook by swinging the case against lockers, for example) then the family would be required to pay for the repairs or replacement unit.  The school recognizes that young students are handling the device on a day to day basis and we will pay for the “normal” repairs from such use, including accidents. We will not pay for repairs when students purposefully mishandle the device. This includes liquid spills (it may be an accident to spill on the Chromebook but eating and drinking near it is not).  Please know that we will spend considerable time with students discussing the care and use of the Cb’s, beginning with the training session before school starts. Reinforcing good habits at home will go a long way to having the device last for the length of the three year lease.

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Chromebooks 1,2,3 – Getting Ready

Parents, please do the following 3 steps before August 15th so that we may prepare for this school year’s Chromebook 1:1 initiative:

 1) Signup for a training date

Each family, parent/guardian and child,  must attend one training session before the student can use the assigned Chromebook (at home or at school). Please CLICK HERE to reserve your training time.  Register for each child enrolled in WMS  and not for the adult(s). Also, you do not need to print a ticket, your online reservation will suffice.

At the training session you will be required to sign the Care & Maintenance Agreement. To save time please read, print the 5th page, sign and bring it with you.

On August 27th a training session will be held at the high school for METCO familes who attend the Parent Night meeting (both MS and HS laptop training will occur at the same time and no reservation is needed).  METCO families will need to sign up for a  training date if they cannot attend the August 27th event.

2) Pay the maintenance fee

There is a $50 maintenance fee.  The money will go toward purchasing a carrying case, installing filtering software for home use, and covering accidental repairs (see Agreement).

CLICK HERE to submit your payment online.

If families require financial assistance, please apply to the Wayland Public Schools Financial Assistance Program:

3) Select a Chromebook option

The Take-home option allows students to bring home the Chromebook each day so that they may complete their homework assignments. Students will keep the power cord at home and will be responsible for bringing the Chromebook to school each day with a full charge.

The School-only option is available for families who feel they have adequate access for their child(ren) to complete daily homework assignments. Students will be responsible for plugging their Chromebook in a cart at the end of each day.

CLICK HERE to select the option that best meets the academic needs of your family.

If you have any questions, please contact Beth_Monahan@wayland.k12.ma.us, WMS Technology Specialist and K-12 Department Head for Instructional Technology.

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