Chromebook Laptop Deployment & Internet Access

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 6:05pm

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As previously announced, through grants and additional funds, HCPSS is able to purchase a sufficient amount of devices necessary to eventually achieve a 1:1 student-to-device ratio for all students in grades pre-K through 12. Due to vendor delays, order fulfillment will not arrive as expected and HCPSS is adjusting our device distribution plan.

Jeffers Hill Elementary parents and guardians will receive detailed instructions on picking up Chromebooks and other instructional materials in an upcoming email, but please SAVE THE DATE for Friday, September 4th from 9:30-11:30 am (please note, this is a change from the original time).  This is when we will be distributing materials to students and families. 

Here's what you need to know:
Elementary school students:

  • All students in grades prekindergarten through fifth will be provided with devices prior to the start of the school year.
  • Parents/guardians of these students do not need to request a device. Information on picking up Chromebooks will be shared immediately as it becomes available.

Middle school students:

  • HCPSS will provide a Chromebook to every student in middle school within the first quarter.
  • While devices are being procured, parents/guardians of middle school students currently in need of a device may request one.
  • Requests will be prioritized based on students’ access to personal devices meeting the minimum requirements.

Middle and high school families can request a Chromebook using the directions below. Elementary school families do not need to request a device.

In addition to Chromebooks, any family without access to the internet should notify the school system using the directions below. HCPSS is working with the Bright Minds Foundation and Comcast to support families who may be eligible to participate in the Comcast Internet Essentials program. Additionally, HCPSS will prioritize distribution of a limited number of hot spots to families who cannot obtain access to the internet.

To identify your need for a Chromebook (MS and HS) or internet (ES, MS, and HS):

  1. Parents/guardians should log in to HCPSS Connect.
  2. From the left menu, last choice, select “More Options” then choose “Student Technology” from the center of the screen.
  3. On the HCPSS Student Technology screen, use the drop down arrows to indicate the Technology Requested for each student. Changes are saved immediately.
  4.  If a device has already been issued, it will appear in the inventory list. If a student already has a device issued, a new request will not be processed.
  5. Families will receive a confirmation email with necessary information, including pickup location, date and time.  Again, parents of elementary school students do not need to request a Chromebook laptop as all students will be provided with one.  If you need internet access, please follow the steps above to request.