Will students be required to purchase, or pay for the use of a Chromebook?
No. The Chromebook is an educational resource provided by the Hanover School Division. Similar to textbooks and other instructional materials, HSD will supply Chromebooks to students at no cost.
Who owns the Chromebook?
HSD owns the Chromebook at all times. The device and AC charger are loaned to the student for educational use and must be returned at the end of the school year.
Does the Chromebook User Agreement require parent/guardian consent?
Yes. Any student under the age of 18 will require parent/guardian consent in the form of a signed Chromebook 1:1 User Agreement. This agreement indicates responsibilities, limitations, and liabilities for device usage.
Can a parent/guardian opt-out their child from receiving a Chromebook?
Yes. Although we highly recommend that all parents/guardians agree to their child’s participation in Chromebook 1:1. Without a Chromebook, the student may not have after-school access to class work or collaboration opportunities in the same way other students do. Each school will have a limited amount of Chromebooks available for use (sign-out) during school hours. If opt-out is preferred, please contact school principal to discuss further.
Will any sensitive or personal information be stored on the Chromebook?
No. Data is not stored locally on a Chromebook. So if device is lost, there is no concern regarding personal data.
Will students use their Chromebook in classes?
The Chromebook is a great device for accessing the web, typing notes, doing research, and host of other tasks using a variety of web-based applications. Chromebooks will be used in class at the discretion of each teacher, to help meet the educational needs of their students. By providing a mobile device to each student, we believe the curriculum will be enhanced by extending learning opportunities both inside and outside of our classrooms.
Will students require Internet Service at home for this device to work?
No. The Chromebook can be used offline if necessary. Please note that if Internet access is not available, functionality of the device will be significantly limited. The Chromebook may be connected to the Internet through home Wi-fi, or via a hot spot at a public library/local business.
Will an Internet filter be installed on the Chromebooks?
Yes. Internet filtering on the HSD network is implemented via a multi-layered security approach, utilizing trusted URL and IP filtering services, along with installed GoGuardian software. GoGuardian is an advanced web filtering and activity monitoring service specifically designed for Chromebooks. GoGuardian software cannot be turned off by students, and operates in the background regardless of device location or Internet access points.
HSD is confident in the effectiveness of our filtering services, but we also recognize that there are no perfect filters. School staff will do their utmost to ensure students arrive at appropriate sites. Students are educated regarding online safety and best practices of digital citizenship, and we encourage parents/guardians to engage in discussion with their children on such matters.
Does the Chromebook require anti-virus software?
No. It is not necessary to have anti-virus software on Chromebooks, as there are no running programs for viruses to infect.
What if the Chromebook is lost, stolen, or damaged?
Students are fully responsible for device protection and care at all times. As per user agreement, the student’s account will automatically be charged $20 for Chromebook insurance (covers school year). This non-refundable insurance premium fully protects against accidental loss/damage or theft of the Chromebook. If student intentionally damages the Chromebook, any resulting insurance claim may be denied. Insurance coverage allows for a maximum of two claims per year:
- First Claim – No Cost
- Second Claim – Parent/Guardian Pays Additional $50 Deductible
- Third Claim – Parent/Guardian Responsible for Full Cost of Repairs/Replacement
Parents/Guardians may choose to decline insurance coverage. By declining such coverage, parent/guardian assumes full risk of device loss, theft, damage in all circumstances, and agrees to pay the lesser of device repairs or device replacement cost (approx. value $325).
Hardware defects, or repair issues resulting from normal wear/tear, will be repaired at no cost to the student and not require use of an insurance claim.
Will students keep their Chromebooks over the summer months?
Chromebook and AC Charger must be returned at the end of the school year. Students who graduate early, withdraw, or terminate enrollment in HSD for any reason, must return their Chromebook at point of enrollment status change.