Chromebook Device Agreement
To support teaching of 21st century skills, Bulloch County Schools initiated a one-to-one Chromebook program. The program's goals increase productivity and engagement of all learners, make student-centered learning a priority, provide digital citizenship training, and increase collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication for our students. To assist our students with the skills they need, students use G-Suite for Education with their coursework. In the event of a school closure, devices, power cords, and protective sleeves (if available) can be checked-out or issued to students in order to access virtual learning opportunities provided by the district and/or teachers.
The policies, procedures, and information within this section of the Student Handbook apply to all Chromebooks and devices used by Bulloch County Schools' students, staff, or guests including any other device considered by the administration to fall under this policy. Teachers may set additional requirements for Chromebook and device use in their classrooms.
Before a Chromebook or device may be issued, students, parents, and guardians are expected to sign and acknowledge the Student Handbook form which verifies their understanding and agreement to abide by the policies, agreements, procedures and directives set forth below.
Chromebook Device & Care
Students are responsible for the general care of Chromebooks and devices. Technology which is broken or fails to work properly must be reported immediately. Protective sleeves (when available) are provided for basic protection from everyday use. They are not designed to prevent damage from abusive drops or handling. Carrying the Chromebook or device in a padded backpack or padded book bag or Chromebook sleeve is acceptable provided the device is handled with care.
Handle with Care:
- Keep the device away from food or liquids.
- Do not attempt to disassemble or repair the device at any time; all repairs will go through school technology support personnel.
- Do not place stickers or decals on their device or school-issued sleeve.
- The student will adhere to the Internet Acceptable Use Agreement.
- The student will utilize their G-Suite for Education account.
- The student will not share their passwords or login information.
Screen Care: Chromebook and device screens can be easily damaged. The screens are particularly sensitive to damage from excessive pressure.
- Do not lean or put pressure on the top of the Chromebook when it is closed.
- Do not place anything in the carrying case or sleeve that will press against the cover
- Do not poke the screen with anything that will mark or scratch the screen surface. (Example: pencils)
- Do not place anything on the keyboard before closing the lid (pens or pencils)
- Do not use cleaners, sprays, alcohol, ammonia or abrasives on the Chromebook or device
- Clean the screen with a soft, dry microfiber cloth or anti-static cloth.
Chromebook Device Use
- Please note these are not your personal accounts - be professional.
- School-approved sites are allowed only when teachers have given permission.
- Do not use another student’s Chromebook, and do not allow them to use your device.
- Protect your login information. Never share this with others.
- Chromebooks should only be used while they are on a flat, stable surface such as a table or desk.
- Always shut down the device before returning it to the cart for charging.
Damage & Repair
Parents/students will be charged for the full or partial replacement cost of a device that has been damaged. A Chromebook or device or any of its accessories that are lost (whereabouts unknown) or damaged is the responsibility of the student and parent involved in the loss of property per the replacement cost schedule outlined below. The user will not be given another device or accessory to use until the replacement cost of the lost or damaged device or accessory is paid to the school. Actual charges may vary, but some examples are: Screen Replacement ($50.00); Keyboard Replacement ($100.00); Damaged/Lost Case ($10.00); Lost Chromebook ($200.00); SSD/hard drive ($50.00); Lost Power Cord ($40.00).
The Chromebooks and devices belong to the Bulloch County School System and the devices and student accounts will be monitored through district level management software. Chromebooks and devices can be inspected on a regular basis to check for proper care and maintenance as well as inappropriate material being carried into the school. Anyone found violating the Acceptable Use Policy in the Bulloch County Student Handbook will be subject to disciplinary actions.
Chromebook software is delivered via the Chrome Web Store. These are web-based applications that do not require installation space on a hard drive. Some applications, such as Google Drive, are available for offline use. The software originally installed on the Chromebook must remain on the Chromebook in usable condition and easily accessible at all times.
All Chromebooks are supplied with the latest build of Google Chrome Operating System, and many other applications useful in an educational environment. The Chrome Operating System will automatically install updates when the computer is shut down and restarted.
Students are not to install additional software on their Chromebook. From time to time, the school may add software applications for use in a particular course. This process will be automatic with virtually no impact on students. Applications that are no longer needed will automatically be removed by the school as well.
Chromebook & Device Web Filtering & Virus Protection
Virus protection is unnecessary on the Chromebook due to the unique nature of its design. All Chromebooks are set to utilize Bulloch County School’s Internet Filter; however, when Chromebooks or devices are checked out for home use, parents are responsible for providing a safe environment for their child while using their Chromebook or device.
Procedure for Restoring the Chrome Operating System
If technical difficulties occur, technical support staff will use the five-minute rule. If the problem cannot be fixed in five minutes, the Chromebook will be restored to factory defaults. Restoring the Chrome Operating System will restore the device to the state in which the user originally received it. All student created files stored on an external mini storage device card, Universal Serial Bus flash drive, or Google Drive will be intact after the operating system is restored. All files saved on the Chromebook that have been synced to Google Drive will be intact. All other files saved on the device that have not been backed up will be lost.
Protecting & Storing Your Chromebook
Chromebooks and devices will be labeled in the manner specified by the school. Chromebooks and devices can be identified by a record of serial number and an individual’s Google Account username. Under no circumstances are students to modify, remove, or destroy identification labels.