One To One iPad Digital Learning Program Parent FAQ (Updated April, 2017)
Where did the funding come from to purchase iPads for students?
iPads for student learning are being funded through additional General Fund dollars received by the District in the State’s new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The LCFF requires completion of a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), which includes provisions requiring the District to demonstrate it is using LCFF dollars to “increase or improve services for all students and significant sub-groups”. The investment of LCFF dollars in the District’s 1:1 Digital Learning Program meets the criteria set forth. Santee School District’s 1:1 Digital Learning Program is designed to empower all students to learn and to apply the academic content standards.
What grade levels are included in the One to One Digital Learning program?
All grades, kindergarten through eighth, are included. Grade 3-5 students received iPads during the 2014-2015 school year. In fall, 2015, the program was expanded to include grades 6-8, and in January, 2016, the District distributed devices to students in grades K-2. The purchase and distribution of devices after the 2017-2018 school year will be dependent upon funding.
What steps need to be completed for my child to receive his/her iPad?
Parents/students will complete the following steps prior to distribution of the iPad:
1. Student completion of a digital citizenship program in the child's classroom.
2. New parents must view the online orientation session during which parents will review key elements from the 1:1 Digital Learning Program Policies and Procedures Handbook, the Technology AUP (acceptable use policy), the Student/Parent Digital Learning Participation Agreement, and the optional iPad Insurance information.
3. Parent completion and return of the digital documents discussed in step 3 through PowerSchool.
4. OPTIONAL: Complete the online form to enroll in the district's optional iPad insurance program (also available in PowerSchool).
Why the iPad?
In 2013-2014 the district went through a year-long process of examining many different devices to find the best match for our instructional goals and needs of the digital classroom. During this process, our district technology committee, as well as teachers representing all schools in the Santee School District, reviewed a variety of laptops and tablet devices. We found the iPad to be the best device to help attain our vision of learning in the 21st century. The tablets added the ability for students to have a touch interface that would enable them to draw and to interact with the screen that was lacking in laptops. We also have seen that the iPad has the widest range of apps available for students to use. We will evaluate current devices on an annual basis and determine which would be the best learning device for our students at that point in time.
When will students begin to take iPads home?
Devices can be taken home as soon as they are issued to students by the classroom teacher. Prior to that, all required documentation must be completed and returned, the student must have completed instruction in digital citizenship, and the parent must view the online orientation session (if they did not do so in a previously).
What apps will be installed on the iPads?
The district has gone through a vetting process to identify the apps will best serve the needs of the students and teachers. Below is a list apps that are currently available on district iPads.
Additionally, each student device will be loaded with a productivity suite (Microsoft Office, Apple's productivity suite, or Google Suite).
Apple's Productivity Suite:
Microsoft's Productivity Suite:
How is the district ensuring that students will not be accessing inappropriate Websites at school and home?
All student iPads at school will have to go through the district web filter when accessing the Internet. Students have signed an acceptable use policy that will put responsibility on them to make good choices when accessing the Internet. Teachers will be managing and monitoring their classes, but ultimately it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they are using the Internet in a safe and appropriate way at school.
iPads that go home will still connect through the district filter. Parents who have concerns about monitoring use can use strategies like only having the iPad out when in a public space at home and not letting students go in a room alone on the iPad. Students should be allowed some free time at home, if possible, to use some of the creative apps on the iPad. This will allow them to have a greater knowledge of how to use the app at school and will provide them with some additional experience in mastering certain forms of creative expression. Please see our digital citizenship and cyber safety resources for more information.
How do I know my students won't be playing games all day?
Student iPads and their use in the classroom will be monitored by the classroom teacher. Students will not have the ability to load apps on their own, which will greatly limit the distraction of games. If the teacher finds this is a problem, the teacher has the ability to delete any app that has become a problem for students in the classroom. Teachers will also have consequences for students who are off task on their iPad during instructional time. Our hope is that students will be engaged in their own learning and will not have a desire to do something else with the iPad.
Can I send my student to school with another device that is not an iPad to use in class?
We are not recommending that parents send students to school with a device that is not an iPad. There will be certain apps during the school day that may not be able to utilized on a different platform. These include apps that will allow students to respond to the teacher during instruction and be able to share their work to the group wirelessly. There will also be certain apps that will not have the ability to interface with a laptop computer.
Will students be able to download apps?
No, students will not be able to download apps. The App Store will not be available for students on their iPads. All school-required apps will be downloaded to the device by district personnel.
Will some apps be modified for student use?
Yes. The Mobile Device Management System used by the District will allow teachers to control and manage apps on the student iPads.
Won't reading all of that small writing on the iPad's screen lead to eye strain?
The iPad has the ability to increase text size to enhance readability.
In cases where my child's iPad malfunctions, will my child still have access to a device?
Yes. A device will be on loan to the student if their iPad has been collected for repair due to malfunction.
Can my child use the iPad to access the Internet at home?
Yes. Students may use the iPad to extend their learning away from school. The device will still route through the District's Internet filter to help ensure a safe learning environment.
Are there options for affordable high-speed Internet for needy families?
Cox Communications offers a program called "Connect to Compete" that provides families who meet their qualification criteria with inexpensive, high-speed Internet access. Again, this is not a Santee School District program. However, it is a possible avenue for acquiring high-speed Internet at home for families with demonstrated need. To navigate to the "Connect 2 Compete" site, click HERE.
How may I help my child use the iPad?
Parent workshops are held to help parents support their students' learning. These workshops will cover basic uses of the devices, as well as many of the programs your child will be using. We also strongly suggest that you review the District's Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety Web page.
If I have a question, concern, or technical issue with my child's iPad, who should I contact?
The classroom teacher is the first level of contact in these circumstances. If the situation requires additional support, the teacher will contact the appropriate District personnel.
What if I am not comfortable with my child having his/her iPad at home?
Parents may opt to keep the iPad at school by completing a brief Web-based form. If a parent changes his or her mind and wants the student to begin taking the device home, the parent would need to go back to the Website, fill out the form again, and then inform their child's teacher. In situations where the iPad does not go home, it will not be available for use in Project Safe; only in the classroom.
If I have a different device at home for my child's use, how may I add the apps my child is using at school?
All of the apps installed on your child's district-owned iPad are available for download from Apple's "App Store" and most are free of charge. Some, but not all of them are also available for download through the Android market.
Liability and Insurance
What is the cost to participate in the optional insurance program?
The cost to participate in the 2016-2017 school year program is $25. The cost is not subject to reduction or refund for partial year participation due to late enrollment in, or early withdrawal from, the District. In the event of a claim, an additional $50 cost would be incurred for the deductible.
What is my financial responsibility for the mobile device issued to my child?
The table below summarizes the circumstances under which a parent/guardian may be held financially responsible for damage/loss/theft of the device in contrast to conditions under which the District would take financial responsibility:
When can I opt in to
For the 2016-2017 school year, the optional insurance may be purchased beginning on the first day of school (August 22nd) through the end of October. Students enrolling after this period must be enrolled within the
first 10 school days of initially receiving the device(“Enrollment Period”). Information about purchasing the optional
insurance will be available through the district website and from teachers.
After the Enrollment Period, parents/guardians would need to wait until the
subsequent school year to opt in and would therefore be fully financially
responsible for damage to the device.
How do I
enroll in the optional insurance program?
To enroll in the program, complete the Student Digital
Device Optional Insurance Agreement online form within the
Enrollment Period specified in the previous question. For the 2016-2017 school year, payments may only be made online.
Do I have
to buy the insurance?
No, insurance is not mandatory. Each family will
have the choice to opt in or out annually.
If I don’t
select the optional insurance, what is my financial responsibility?
Parents/guardians will be responsible for the full
cost of either repair or replacement of devices lost, stolen, or damaged in the
possession of their students in accordance with the provisions in Table 1
above. Generally, the minimum cost for repair of a broken screen is
approximately $150 and the cost of replacement is approximately $500. However,
these amounts will vary depending on circumstances.
parent/guardian arrange for repair of a device on their own?
No. Any repair or maintenance needed on a device
must be done by the District.
What does the
insurance cover and what does it not cover?
under which the optional insurance fund would pay for repair or replacement,
thereby relieving the parent/guardian from financial responsibility for the
Accidental damage, including screen breakage,
occurring off-school grounds up to one (1) incident per school year LESS a $50
under which parent/guardian would be financially responsible for the full cost
of repair or replacement):
More than one (1) incident of accidental damage,
including screen breakage, occurring off-school grounds in a single school year
Loss or theft of the device while off-school
grounds under any circumstance
Loss or theft of the device while on-school
grounds and device is reasonably assumed to be under the control of the student
Damage resulting from malicious intent, gross
negligence, or student behavior directly contributing to the damage either off
or on school grounds
under which the District would be financially responsible for the full cost of
repair or replacement):
Accidental damage occurring on school grounds
Loss or theft occurring on school grounds while
device is reasonably assumed to be in the possession or control of district
personnel or locked in a secure location
How will the funds
collected for participation in the optional insurance program be accounted for?
All funds collected for optional insurance will be deposited
into a special account. Funds in the account will be used to repair or replace
damaged, lost, or stolen devices and/or accessories.
parent/guardian financial responsibility be applied for costs not covered by
For incidents covered by optional insurance,
parents/guardians will be asked to submit payment of the $50 deductible prior
to the student receiving a repaired or replaced device.
For incidents not covered by optional insurance,
parents/guardians will be invoiced for the full cost of repair or replacement.
In the event that invoices are not paid within thirty (30) days, any or all of
the following actions may also be taken by the District, until such time as the
invoiced amount is paid in full:
Additional correspondence/contact demanding
Withholding of student grades and/or transcripts
Referral to a collection agency
In cases where a replacement device is necessary, the
District will decide what type of device will be provided as a replacement.
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