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Chromebook FAQ

What happens if a student damages or loses their Chromebook? Will there be an insurance policy available for coverage of theft or damage?

As part of the Chromebooks for Education program at KCHS, the school recommends, but will not require, the purchase of accidental damage insurance prior to the deployment of the Chromebook to your child. The Chromebooks are protected against accidental damage or loss due to an act of nature. It is the student’s responsibility to care for and protect his/her device. Parents/Students will be charged for full replacement cost of a device that has been damaged due to intentional misuse or abuse. The Chromebooks are not covered for loss of the device and/or its accessories. In the case of theft, a police report must be completed and turned in to the school. The full replacement cost will be charged for lost or stolen devices. This cost will be refunded if the device is recovered and returned in working order.

All chromebooks in need of repair must be brought to the Kearney Catholic Technology Office as soon as possible. If a loaner Chromebook is needed, one will be issued to the student until the Chromebook can be repaired or replaced.

Is it required for students to use a Chromebook?

Yes. Students are expected to bring a fully charged Chromebook to school every day and bring their Chromebooks to all classes unless specifically advised not to do so by their teacher.

Can my child use their own device?

No. Students in all grades will no longer be able to use their own device in the classroom. Students in grades 6-8 will have access to ipad carts, chromebook carts and the labs. For management, equity, and safety reasons, students will only be using school-issued devices.

Can my child bring their Chromebook home with them?

Yes, and they are encouraged to do so!

What if we don’t have internet at home?

While a Chromebook does require WiFi for much of its functionality, there are several features that can be utilized offline. Students and staff will receive training on what can be done without an internet connection so that time spent at home with the Chromebook is most effective.

How are you monitoring searches and activity?

The school utilizes an Internet content filter that is in compliance with the federally mandated Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Our filtering solutions is called GoGuardian and it monitors activity on the Chromebooks at all times, at all locations, and regardless of what account is used to log-on to the device. All Chromebooks, regardless of physical location (in or out of school), will have all Internet activity protected and monitored by the district. If a website is blocked in school, then it will be blocked out of school.

Will my child be able to have their Chromebook over the summer?

No. Students will check in their Chromebook at the end of each year so they can be inventoried and have maintenance performed on them.

Will students be allowed to purchase their Chromebooks at the end of their senior year?

No. The KCHS Chromebooks for Education program is part of a lease opportunity that lasts for 3 years. At the end of the 3 year term the devices will need to be returned to the leasing company.

Will students have textbooks?

Yes. The intent of the 1:1 initiative is to provide additional technology tools to be used for student learning. Some classes may have electronic materials to replace print materials. Some classes will use the Chromebooks to supplement existing curriculum in place.

What available programs are there for the Chromebook?

The Chromebook relies on cloud-based services and applications for its functionality, with Google Apps being the primary resource. However, there are many webtools and internet applications in the Chrome Webstore that will provide the students and teachers with productivity and creativity outlets. Some courses have "online" or digital textbooks that can be used with the Chromebooks to enhance learning.

Can you print with a Chromebook?

Students will be encouraged to digitally publish and share their work with their teachers and peers when appropriate. This will be a huge savings for the school as it will save on printing supplies and paper. However, sometimes it is necessary to print a document and the technology staff can help students to access school printers with "could printing" solutions. Students may set up their home printers with the Google Cloud Print solution to print from their Chromebooks. Information about Google Cloud Print can be obtained here: