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INTRODUCTION

“Digital learning” (using technology to accelerate student learning) is a critical component of our school district’s work to ensure equitable student achievement and to help all students achieve our mission.

Digital learning is an essential part of high quality education. We know...

  • Digital learning is essential today to prepare students to thrive in post secondary education, the workplace and our digital world.
  • Digital tools and resources help teachers transform instruction from a focus on content delivery by teachers to more engaged, personalized and self-directed learning by students.
  • Technology enables students to have equitable access to content and learning opportunities, and allows for anytime, anywhere learning.
  • Technology helps personalize student learning. Digital systems provide immediate information about student needs, interests, and performance, allowing teachers to individualize instruction.
  • Technology tools and resources help students develop 21st century skills by enhancing communication among students, teachers and parents; inspiring collaboration within and beyond the classroom; and promoting student-centered learning environments where students are motivated to direct their own learning, think critically, and apply their learning in creative ways.

A robust digital learning plan will drive our work. We will...

  • Use technology in new ways to increase equitable student achievement.
  • Transform teaching by providing staff technology resources and professional development.
  • Create the conditions, expectations and support for change while maximizing use of current technology.
  • Provide students access to digital learning tools and resources to enable anytime, anywhere learning.
  • Increase personalized and flexible learning opportunities including online, blended and classroom instructional delivery models.
  • Teach students to be responsible digital citizens.

In 2017–18, each student in grades 4–12 will be issued an iPad.

Having access to a learning device such as an iPad will:

  • Personalize student learning. Digital systems provide immediate information about student needs, interests, and performance, allowing teachers to individualize instruction.
  • Enable students to have equitable access to content and learning opportunities, and allow for anytime, anywhere learning.
  • Help transform instruction from a focus on content delivery by teachers to more engaged, personalized and self-directed learning by students.
  • Help students develop 21st century skills by enhancing communication among students, teachers and parents; inspiring collaboration within and beyond the classroom; and promoting student-centered learning environments where students are motivated to direct their own learning, think critically, and apply their learning in creative ways.
  • Prepare students to thrive in post secondary education, the workplace and our digital world.

iPAD USAGE AGREEMENT

The iPads students will receive are the property of Osseo Area Schools and are intended for educational use that supports the learning environment.

Receiving and Returning an iPad

iPads will be distributed to students at school on a date selected by the school. Families have the option to purchase an iPad Protection Plan through October 27, 2017 or within 30 days of enrollment. Families can complete the iPad Protection Plan online through FeePay.

The following equipment will be distributed to each student receiving an iPad:

  • iPad Air with 16GB of storage
  • charging cord
  • charging brick
  • STM case, the iPad must remain in the case at all times.

Students will return  the assigned iPad on the day selected by the school at the end of school each school year. Returning students will have the same iPad and case assigned to them the following year. If a student misses the collection day, the device must be returned before the last day of school.

Students who graduate early, withdraw, are suspended or expelled, or who terminate enrollment in Osseo Area Schools for any other reason must return their school iPad, charging cord, charging brick, and case to the office at their school on or before the date of withdrawal.

If a student fails to return the iPad and/or accessories at the end of the school year or upon withdrawal from Osseo Area Schools, that student and his or her parent or guardian will be responsible for the replacement cost. Failure to return the iPad or pay the replacement cost ($514) will result in possible collections or a theft report filed with the local police department which may lead to criminal prosecution.


iPAD STUDENT AGREEMENT

New for 2017–2018 all students will be required to sign the iPad Student Agreement electronically. This will be done as part of the deployment process.

Osseo Area Schools provides students with access to district technology resources for educational purposes. To qualify for this privilege, students must adhere to all district policies, including but not limited to: Technology and Internet Acceptable Use by Students (Policy 524), Bullying Prohibition (Policy 514), and Student Discipline (Policy 506).  Students must also follow the guidelines contained in the DL4A 1:1 Device Handbook and the School Handbook for the school in which the student is enrolled. Failure to comply with school district policies, the DL4A 1:1 Device Handbook, or the School Handbook may result in restrictions being placed on these resources, either in functionality or access.

This agreement is designed to help you, as a student and family,  understand the expectations surrounding your use of the District’s technology resources, commonly referred to as “iPad” or device. By signing this agreement, you agree to be responsible, engaged, productive, and safe with the issued iPad.

Be Responsible

  • I will keep the iPad in the district-issued case at all times to protect the iPad from damage.
  • I will take care in placing and/or transporting the iPad in a school bag, backpack, or locker.
  • I will keep the iPad away from food, beverages, and other liquids.
  • I will report damage to the iPad, or if it is missing to the Media Center within one (1) school day.
  • I will refrain from tampering with the iPad.
  • I will avoid lending my iPad, USB cord, and/or charging block to friends/family members.
  • I will clean the iPad with a soft, lint-free cloth. I will not use liquid, cleaners, or household cleaning products.

Be Engaged

  • I will use the camera and microphone to take appropriate pictures, videos, and audio recordings.
  • I will use headphones only when directed.
  • I will use the iPad to access, submit, post, publish, or display material that is legal, true, non-threatening, free of racially offensive content, and does not hurt someone’s reputation.

Be Productive

  • I will bring the iPad to school with a fully-charged battery.
  • I will only use apps or websites as directed by my teacher or parent/guardian as required for assignments.
  • I will always have enough memory on my iPad to download, access, and create content required by my teachers. I understand that if the iPad is full I may need to delete content on the iPad.
  • I will use the iPad to do my own work and avoid plagiarism by giving credit to sources.

Be Safe

  • I will keep the iPad away from public view when at the bus stop, on a Metro Transit bus, light rail, or other public transportation.
  • I will never leave the iPad unattended while in school; this includes while charging.
  • I will keep my passcode private, in order to prevent unauthorized access to the device and its contents. This includes not allowing friends/family to use the iPad.

Although the iPad is issued to a student, the iPad is and remains the property of Osseo Area Schools. The iPad may be reviewed by District personnel, or have access revoked at any time. The student should have NO expectation of privacy regarding content on the iPad. The iPad is specifically assigned to a student and can only be activated with a valid District 279 username and password.

Collection of Student iPads

Upon termination of enrollment at Osseo Area Schools, a student must return the iPad and Accessories to the media center. If the items are not returned the student and his/her parent/guardian will be billed the replacement cost. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in action being taken by a collection agency.

All iPads will be returned at the end of the school year and go through a full inspection. If a student fails to return the iPad and accessories (STM Case, Apple cord, and Apple charging block) they will be assessed a $514 fee. The fee can be reversed following the return of the iPad to the school, and iPad passing the inspection/processing by the District iPad Team.


APPS ON THE IPAD

Apps and Downloads

The apps originally provided for student installation are to remain on the iPad at all times. The district may add apps for use in a particular course.  All apps purchased by the district are for academic use and are the property of Osseo Area Schools. Students do not have access to the App Store, regardless of their age. 

Procedure for Reloading Apps

If technical difficulties occur or inappropriate apps are discovered, the iPad will be restored to factory settings. Osseo Area Schools does not accept responsibility for the loss of any apps or documents deleted due to resetting the iPad.

Software Upgrades

Upgraded versions of licensed apps are available from time to time. The district iPad management system will push out updates of system-provided apps to devices. Students are required to keep the device to the most recent operating system at all times.


iPAD CARE and HANDLING

Home Use

Students will be bringing the their iPads home for learning purposes. Some tips for home use:

  • The iPad should never be left unattended in a public place or in a car.
  • iPads should not be exposed to extreme heat or cold.
  • Parents are encouraged to work with their student to set up home guidelines for the use of the iPad.
  • Students are allowed to connect with the wireless networks at home on the iPads. This will assist them with iPad use while at home.

iPad Screen

iPad screens can be damaged if subjected to rough treatment. The screens are particularly sensitive to damage from excessive pressure on the screen, particularly on the corners.

  • Do not lean on the top of the iPad.
  • Do not place anything on or near the iPad that could put pressure on the screen.
  • Clean the screen with a soft, dry cloth or anti-static cloth. Do not use any liquids or cleaning products on the iPad.
  • Avoid using sharp objects on the iPad or placing the iPad in a backpack or other bag containing sharp objects.
  • Do not bump the iPad against lockers, walls, car doors, floors, etc. Do not drop or toss backpacks or bags containing the iPad.

iPad Case

The purpose of the case is to protect the iPad, especially while it’s being transported. The iPad must remain in the school-issued protective case at all times. Students may decorate the case with removable stickers or markings. No stickers or any other items should be attached to the iPad itself. If an iPad is determined to be no longer protecting a student will be responsible for purchasing a new one.

Storing the iPad

Students in grades 6–12: When students grades 6–12 are not using their iPads, they should store the iPads in the locked hallway locker. Nothing should be placed on top of the iPad when stored in the locker.

All students: Students are expected to take their iPads home every day after school. iPads should not be stored in a student’s vehicle.

iPads Left in Unsupervised Areas

Under no circumstances should iPads be left in unsupervised areas. Unsupervised areas include, but are not limited to, the school grounds and campus, the lunchroom, computer lab, locker rooms, library, unlocked classrooms, restrooms, and hallways. Any iPad left in these areas is in danger of being loss due to negligence. If an iPad is found in an unsupervised area, it will be taken to the main office.

Lost, Stolen, Damaged iPads

If the iPad is lost or stolen, the student or parent/guardian is required to notify the assigned building iPad Tech ESP as soon as possible. The iPad Protection Plan covers a stolen device at 70%, the family is responsible for the remaining 30% and securing a police report. Lost devices are covered at 50%, the family is responsible for the other 50%. Families without the protection plan on file, will be responsible for 100% of the cost. If an iPad is lost or stolen, it will be disabled immediately; no one will be able to use the device until it is recovered and reset by district technology staff.

Students/Families should not attempt to repair the iPad themselves. If the iPad fails to work or is damaged, report the problem to your school’s Media Center as soon as possible. iPad repair or replacement options will be determined by the school district’s electronic repair department. You may be issued a spare iPad or other materials until the iPad is working properly or replaced. If the iPad is experiencing technical difficulties outside of school hours, you will need to wait until you return to school.

Charging and Monitoring the Battery

The iPad has an internal, lithium-ion rechargeable battery. The best way to charge the iPad battery is to connect it to a power outlet using the included charging cable and USB power adapter (charging block).

The iPad may also be charged when connected to a USB 2.0 port on your computer. If it is connected to a computer that doesn’t provide enough power to charge the iPad, a “Not Charging” message appears in the status bar. Note: The iPad battery may drain instead of charge if iPad is connected to a computer that’s turned off or is in sleep or standby mode, to a USB hub, or to the USB port on a keyboard.

Safety Guidelines

Don’t sleep with or place the iPad or power adapter under a blanket, pillow, or body when it’s plugged into a power source. It’s important to keep iPad and its power adapter in a well-ventilated area when using or charging them.

Listening to sound at high volumes may damage hearing. Before using headphones, turn on the audio and check the volume, before inserting earbuds or putting on headphones.

Additional information provided by Apple about safety and the iPad.


iPAD PROTECTION PLAN

Osseo Area Schools provides students with access to district technology resources for educational purposes. To qualify for this privilege, students must adhere to all district policies, including but not limited to: Technology and Internet Acceptable Use by Students (Policy 524), Bullying Prohibition (Policy 514), and Student Discipline (Policy 506).  Students must also follow the guidelines contained in the DL4A 1:1 Device Handbook and the School Handbook for the school in which the student is enrolled. Failure to comply with school district policies, the DL4A 1:1 Device Handbook, or the School Handbook may result in restrictions being placed on these resources, either in functionality or access.

Although the iPad is issued to a student, the iPad is and remains the property of Osseo Area Schools. The iPad may be reviewed by District personnel, or have access revoked at any time. The student should have NO expectation of privacy regarding content on the iPad. The iPad is specifically assigned to a student and can only be activated with a valid District 279 username and password.

For the 2017–2018 school year we are offering families an option to participate in the iPad Protection Plan, which can provide significant savings for damaged or lost iPads. Open enrollment for this plan will be from August 17, 2017 –  October 27, 2017 for students who are enrolled in the district on September 5, 2017.  Students who enroll in the district after September 5, 2017 will have until October 27, 2017 or 30 days from the date they enrolled as students, whichever is greater, to sign up for the iPad Protection Plan. Families who do not sign up for the protection plan by the stated deadline, will automatically decline coverage and will be responsible for all charges for damage or loss. Any outstanding fees in relation to the iPad will result in the iPad being held in the media center until a minimum payment is made and a payment plan is set up, or the fee is paid in full.

Certain situations dictate how the device is covered:

Covered:

NOT Covered:

  • One incident of accidental damage, not including replacement of the device due to damage beyond repair, at no charge.
  • 70% of the cost for the full-replacement of the device, if required due to damage beyond repair.
  • 70% of the cost for the replacement of the device, if required due to theft.
  • 50% of the cost for the replacement of the device, if required due to loss.
  • Damage to the case, cable, or charger.
  • Loss of the case, cable, or charger.
  • Intentional or reckless damage.
  • Damage that occurs when the iPad is out of the district-issued case.
  • Tampering of the operating system.
  • Any damage beyond the second incident.
  • Spare iPads.

 

Students should not attempt to fix or repair hardware issues on the device.

How much does it cost for the protection plan?

The iPad Protection Plan cost is an optional, annual, non-refundable $20/year per student, prorated by free/reduced lunch status. The Plan covers one incident only for one school year.

Common repair costs include:

Broken Screen

$79–$179

Bent Frame

$55–$179

Home Button Damage

$55–$179

Using the Protection Plan

Please report all damaged or missing iPads to the School Media Center within one (1) school day of the incident, unless the incident occurs over a school break then it should be made when a student returns from break. This includes cracked screens, even if the device is still usable. The Media Center staff will begin the process of submitting a request to use your protection plan to cover the costs of the incident to the District Office.

When the protection plan is used to pay for a repair or replacement, that protection plan ends. Another $20 protection plan, not prorated by free/reduced lunch status, can be purchased within 30 days of receiving the repaired or replacement device and before the repaired device or replacement is damaged or missing. All protection plans only cover the school year in which the protection plan is purchased (through June 30, 2018). Two plans per students may be purchased during a school year.

Spares will be provided to a student on a per case basis as determined by the school. Students who have tampered with, or intentionally or recklessly damaged the iPad will not be issued a spare. Spare devices are not covered by the terms of this protection plan.

Students who have used two protection plans within the coverage period (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) will be responsible for the full amount to repair or replace the iPad and all accessories for all subsequent incidents.

If a device is damaged to the extent that it cannot be repaired (as determined by the repair vendor), and requires the replacement of the entire device, the protection plan coverage will cover 70% of the total cost of the replacement. The student and parent/guardian will be responsible for the remaining 30%.

In the event of theft (home invasion, car break-in, or other criminal acts) a student must supply a police report from the city in which the device was taken. The protection plan will cover 70% of the total cost of the replacement and the student and parent/guardian will be responsible for the remaining 30%.

In the event of loss due to negligence, including unlocked or unattended devices, the protection plan will cover 50% of the total cost of the replacement. The student and parent/guardian will be responsible for the remaining 50%.

In the event the iPad is tampered with, damaged intentionally or recklessly, even if the protection plan was purchased, it will be the school’s discretion to decide whether or not the student will be charged 100% of the cost to replace or repair the damaged device.

Collection of Student iPads

Upon termination of enrollment at Osseo Area Schools, a student must return the iPad and Accessories to the media center. If the items are not returned the student and his/her parent/guardian will be billed the replacement cost. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in action being taken by a collection agency.
All iPads will be returned at the end of the school year and go through a full inspection. If a student fails to return the iPad and accessories (STM Case, Apple cord, and Apple charging block) they will be assessed a $514 fee. The fee can be reversed following the return of the iPad to the school, and iPad passing the inspection/processing by the District iPad Team.

All families are encouraged to use the FeePay system to complete the optional iPad Protection Plan forms electronically. There are no additional credit card processing fees for FeePay transactions.

How to complete the iPad Agreement and Protection Plan in FeePay.

  1. Navigate to http://osseo.feepay.com
  2. Choose your high school; if your student is in elementary or middle school, choose the high school your student plans to attend.
  3. Login with your email address and password, or create a new account.
  4. Click activities on the top menu bar.
  5. Search for iPad Protection Plan (Accept) or iPad Protection Plan (Decline) – if you have 3 or more students in grades 4-12, please complete the family max form so we can apply the family maximum fee cap.
  6. Click Add to Cart
  7. Review the protection plan, enter required information, and click submit when ready to proceed. Repeat for all students.
  8. Click Checkout.
  9. Enter your payment method and click Process Payment.

The Full iPad Agreement and Protection Plan may be found below: