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During the 2014-2015 school year, the Onslow County School System introduced an exciting new initiative that expanded the district’s vision of Excellence in Education by transforming the way our schools deliver instruction through a sustainable 1:1 laptop initiative. Entitled “The Learning Advantage,” this initiative provides opportunities for personalized student learning and technology-rich classrooms.

Progressive school systems like Onslow County have been setting high expectations for technology integration in our classrooms over the past decade, and we are prepared for the new methods associated with these expectations. Technology-rich classrooms with high levels of student engagement in 21st Century learning is not a luxury.

With “The Learning Advantage,” we are excited to be deploying Dell laptops for our students. During the 2015-2016 school year, students in grades 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 received devices. During the 2016-2017 school year, it is anticipated that the program will be expanded to include students in grades 4, 6 and 11. Students are allowed to take the laptops home each day throughout the school year. At the end of the school year, the devices will be collected for maintenance purposes, and then will be reissued the following fall.

The decision made by our district to provide Dell laptops to our students is a bold and courageous affirmation of support for our vision of Excellence in Education for our students and teachers. It also confirms our core value that student learning is a top priority in our district. We are excited about the opportunity for your child to use this new technology during the school year and beyond!

Insurance assessment

In order to help sustain the technology investment being made by our district, the Onslow County School System has implemented an insurance assessment of $25 for each school year. This insurance assessment will help assist the district with costs associated with supporting the devices, as well as any accidental damages. The insurance assessment does not cover theft, non-accidental damage, or loss. Hardship waivers will be available for families requiring assistance with this nominal charge.

Replacement cost, including the charger

The replacement cost for each student laptop is $633.00. The replacement cost for each computer charger is $67.00.

Expectations for use and charging

Students are expected to bring their laptop to school each day fully charged. It is recommended that students leave their computer chargers at home and charge the computers at night. The laptop is to be used for instructional purposes and to enhance the curriculum.  All student laptop thumb drives and printer capabilities have been disabled. Students that need to print must either save their information to the Cloud account or print from a school-site computer.

Inappropriate usage/consequences

Laptop use unrelated to the Onslow County Schools educational program is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, personal email, downloading of personal games and music, and installing applications. Computers are randomly checked from the district and school level and may be disabled if necessary. Laptop misuse may result in loss of laptop privileges.

Filtering information

The Onslow County School System uses an Internet filtering system provided by the state to protect students and staff from malware, viruses, and other risks and blocks inappropriate websites.

Repair Procedures

If you are experiencing issues with your laptop, you may put in a work order for the technician to repair. Go to your school’s webpage and choose the Tech Support section on the home page. You may do this from a computer in the classroom or another student’s laptop. Be sure to fill in all the required information boxes then submit. Once you have filled out and submitted the repair request, you may take the device to the point of contact at your school. If your device is being repaired, you can check the status of the repair from the tech form submission webpage.

Caring For Your Laptop

The laptop is a leased device so no tape, stickers or markings of any kind may be put on the device. Store your laptop in you backpack or hold securely when changing classes or leaving for the day. Never hold the device by the lid. There should be no eating or drinking while using the laptop.

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