Which students will be receiving laptops?
During the 20/21 school year, all 9th – 12th grade students will receive a Dell 3190 Windows 10 2-in-1 laptop and a charging cable, and all junior high (7th & 8th grade) students will receive a Dell 3100 series Chromebook and charging cable.
Can students keep laptops over the summer?
As of August 2020, only high school students will be allowed to take their district device home over the summer, with the exception of graduating seniors. Junior high (7th & 8th grade) students will be required to check their device back into their junior high prior to summer break.
If a student device is lost, stolen, or damaged over the summer, the student should follow the same protocols that are required during the school year by submitting a report to Incident IQ—the district’s helpdesk system. MPS Technology will contact the student and/or parent with next steps.
What if a laptop is lost, stolen, or damaged?
Students are responsible for reporting lost, stolen, or damaged laptops. Generally laptops will be repaired or replaced, but the details of the incident will determine next steps and liability. A police report must be filed for laptops that are reported as stolen. A device protection plan can be purchased to cover the cost of lost or damaged laptops.
If a laptop is lost or damaged due to student negligence, and is not covered by the device protection plan, the student's parents will be reponsible for the full cost of repair or replacement.
Are parents/guardians required to purchase the protection plan?
No. Parents that choose to opt-out of the purchase protection plan will be responsible for 100% of the cost for lost, stolen, or damaged laptops.
Are secondary students required to participate in the 1:1 program?
No. Parents may choose to opt-out of the 1:1 initiative. As the district moves to digital curriculums that are more cost effective and up to date, it is necessary for students to have access to a computer to complete and submit assignments, so students who are opted out must bring a personal laptop (or Chromebook for junior high) that can be connected to the MPSOne District WiFi network.
Are students allowed to bring their own laptops to school?
Yes, students can connect laptops they bring from home to the District's MPSOne Wi-Fi signal. Students that connect their personal devices to the District's MPSOne network must adhere to the district's Responsible Use Policy.
Can I personalize my school issued device?
High school students may personalize their school issued device with stickers and/or decals that are school appropriate and do not violate any MPS policy or rule. Students may not permanently alter the device with markings, drawings, paint, or etchings of any kind. Students will be responsible for any damages cause by the application or removal of stickers and/or decals.
*Junior high students with Chromebooks may not personalize the device with stickers. If they have a cover they may personalize the accessory, but no stickers or decals may be affixed to the school issued device for the 2020-2021 school year.
IMPORTANT: Each device is easily identifiable by a unique, barcoded number (Asset Tag) that is placed on the device by the MPS Technology Department. This tag may not be altered, covered, or removed.
*MPS recommends a cover for either device as long as it doesn’t cover the asset tag on the underside.
What if my child does not have internet access at home?
- Moore Public Schools is one of the first in the nation to partner with a major ISP (Internet Service Provider) to pro actively supplement the cost of home internet through Cox Connection for those families that are in their service area, have submitted the Federal Free/Reduced Application, and meet certain criteria to qualify.
- Additionally students can check-out a hotspot from the Media Center. These devices give students filtered access to the internet so they can complete assignments.
- Free Wi-Fi can be accessed at MPS sites, public libraries, and various restaurants and businesses.
What steps are taken to protect students when they are online?
- Users must read and sign the district’s Responsible Use Policy before being given access to the network.
- In accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, filtering software is used to block access to objectionable material; however, filtering software is not always 100% effective. Every user must take responsibility for his/her use of the network and avoid objectionable sites.
- Whether students are at home or out and about, all their internet traffic is filtered by district software. Lightspeed Relay (web filtering) combined with Palo Alto (mult-method approach that replaces traditional antivirus software) protects students and staff from various threats.
- For both Windows devices with Chrome browser and our Chromebooks, Google EDU Suites allows the Technology Department to manage additional filtering through YouTube and blacklist non-educational Chrome Extensions or whitelist educational extensions that the EdTech Department has vetted.
- MPS:1 devices cannot have additional software/hardware installed outside of the approved apps already installed OR in some cases the district approved apps in the Google or Windows store.
- A parent cannot put a third-party parental blocker app on a district device, but they can request that certain sites be blocked by the district by contacting Jun Kim directly or a school administrator.
- All students will be educated about appropriate online behavior including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyber bullying awareness and response.
- In the event an inappropriate website comes through or misuse is suspected, please do NOT hesitate to contact Director of Technology, Jun Kim or the site Principal.
Are students allowed to use laptops for non-school related activities?
The primary purpose of student issued laptops is for students to access digital curriculums and assignments, but students may use them for non-school related activities as well provided they adhere to the district’s Responsible Use Policy.
How did the district pay for this? How will they sustain the MPS:1 Initiative?
Moore Public Schools patrons voted to pass the 2015 bond issue that included 20 million dollars allocated to technology upgrades, including infrastructure, teacher computer upgrades, and more. Additionally the CARES Act (2020) has helped supplement an accelerated the purchase for junior high devices (Chromebooks). Our Board of Education as well as a Patron Advisory Committee continues to develop a sustainable vision for MPS to continue to provide technology needs for our students, refreshing devices on a 4-year cycle.
What steps do MVA students take when they experience device issues?
- In the event that your Moore Virtual Academy device has difficulty powering up, making wifi connections, logging into your student account, recognizing student password, please email email@example.com.
- If you experience trouble with Odysseyware, contact Vista Academy at 405-735-4640.