The focus of the one-to-one device program at Volusia County School District is to provide tools and resources to the 21st century student. Technology within education should have one basic goal: to enhance and positively support the learning environment. Increasing access to technology is essential for our student’s future.
Once the parent/guardian has completed the device check-out and acknowledgement form, a device will be distributed annually. Devices will be checked out and returned in the media center using the same process we use for textbooks. There will be specific deployment dates at the beginning of each school year. Students who enter or have devices issues at any other time of the year will visit the media center during normal school hours.
The laptops currently being distributed are Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1s. They have a sealed, spill-resistant keyboard, plus a rubberized base for improved durability. A touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass provides some scratch resistance. It’s built to handle minor bumps and drops from lockers, lunchrooms, backpacks and buses, although we recommend all students keep their device in a laptop sleeve or sleeve in their backpack. The screen can be folded back to turn the device into a tablet, making creation and collaboration easier. The touchscreen works well with a stylus or your finger. It has a long battery life that should last the entire school day.
What if a parent does not want the student to check out a device?
The student devices are a valuable learning tool and it is highly encouraged for ALL students to fully participate in the 1:1 Digital Learning Movement. Teachers will be expecting students to have their device in class daily and they will be necessary for many activities in class.
Keep in mind that it will be the students responsibility to bring their own device to and from school.
Device Check-Out & Acknowledgement Form
To receive a device, students and parents must complete an acknowledgement form where you sign that you understand that:
This device is not your property, but the sole property of the Volusia County School District and that VCS has the right, at its sole discretion, to retrieve this device from you at any time, with or without cause and with or without prior notice to me.
The intended sole use of the device is for educational purposes, only. All use of the device must abide by the Volusia County School District Acceptable Use Policy and is subject to review by Volusia County School District, at any time.
If the technology device is damaged or not working properly:
You must report it to your teacher within 24 hours
A collaborative investigation of the incident that resulted in the damage will be conducted
The repair/replacement of the technology device and/or any accessory may be at your own expense
If the device is stolen:
You must file a police report within 24 hours
Provide a hard copy of the police report to the school within 24 hours of filing the police report.
You must return the device to school upon request for check-in or return
What is the repair cost for damage?
Tier 1 – Mild ($50) – charger, broken hinges
Tier 2 – Moderate ($125) – broken palm rest, broken keyboard, broken base enclosure
Tier 3 – High ($225) – cracked screen
Tier 4 – Complete Replacement ($500) Lost/Stolen (No Police Report)/Water Damage
What happens if the device is stolen?
A police report must be filed by the student or parent within 24 hours of the incident. The police report must be brought to the school principal by the next school day. If the police report is not delivered to the school principal, the parent will be responsible for the full replacement cost.
What forms are required to be filled out?
The Device Check-Out and Acknowledgement Form must be brought when the device is checked out. The device will be checked out in Destiny so that students can see a record of what they checked out at any time inside the Destiny app in VPortal.
If I do not have reliable internet access available at home, are there any programs available to help?
Yes, the District is providing hotspots to eligible students; there is a limited number and these will be offered case-by-case. Students must qualify for the National School Lunch program.
I have heard that in some districts, parents can purchase the laptops after a student graduate, is this true?
District devices will not be available for students or parents to purchase. They are leased devices that will be remotely wiped if they are no longer in use on our campuses.
Will students be required to bring the device to class every day?
Students must bring their device to all classes, every day unless specifically instructed not to do so by their teacher.
What if my child forgets to bring their device to school?
Students are expected to bring their fully charged devices to school every day. A limited number of devices may be available for checkout for the day, but in most cases students will be making up work outside of school if they are unprepared to complete work in class.
What if my child forgets to charge the battery?
We ask that devices be charged at home. A limited number of power outlets will be available in some classrooms and spaces like the media center, but the expectation is that students arrive on campus with fully charged devices.
Will my child be issued the same device next year?
The school will make every attempt to issue the student the same device each year. Please take care of your issued device.
How will Volusia County Schools prevent access to inappropriate websites?
Internet access is filtered on campus. When the devices are used off campus, the student’s school profile continues to monitor access and provide some filtering and students can face disciplinary action for inappropriate use or access, but there is no substitute for parental supervision when using a device to access the Internet off campus.
Can I use the issued device for things not related to school?
It is expected that the use of the supplied device will be directly related to the assigned student’s education and that the laptop is not used for anything inappropriate. The device is linked to the students school account even when off campus.
Can students load software on the device?
Students have access to Software Center which provides the ability to add district pre-approved applications on a limited basis.
Where do I go with more questions?
You can reach out to Ms. Golub in the media center with more questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. If students have an issue with a device, they should come to the media center for help. Please visit the Mainland High School website for more information about specific programs and logging in.