FAQs on chromebooks

Why did the districts buy Chromebooks instead of laptops or iPads?

Chromebooks are inexpensive, easy to use, easy to manage. Laptops and iPads are expensive and very difficult to manage . Read more about the choice of Chromebooks and Google Apps here

Who is issued a Chromebooks?

Students, Most Administrators, and Professional Staff. Support staff are not issued chromebooks.

What happens if the Chromebook is damaged or breaks during the course of the school year?  

It depends on how the damage occurred. Regular wear and tear or failed components are repaired in-house at no cost. However, damage which appears to have occurred as a result of student neglect or abuse are repaired in-house at a cost of $50 per incident per our Chromebook handbook

Can a student bring use his/her own laptop instead of participating in the Take Home Chromebook program?

Absolutely. So long as the student brings in his/her laptop everyday and it is fully charged, they are welcome to use it instead of a Chromebook. If the laptop has the Chrome browser installed, they should be able to do everything with their laptop that the other students are doing with their Chromebooks. However, please be aware that while our school IT staffs are prepared to service the district-owned Chromebooks, they will not be able to service a student's personal laptop. Furthermore, a district provided Chromebook will be required for some activities such as standardized and secure testing and some applications. Students should still maintain their school issued Chromebook.

Can only use a Chromebook when it is connected to the internet. Is that true?

Yes and No. Most of the things we do these days are online, so even a tablet or Windows computer needs a network connection. However, a lot of things can be done on a Chromebook even when offline. This is great for backup plans when the network is down. To learn how to enable offline use of Drive/Docs click here

What if I am leaving the district (new job, retiring, graduated)? What happens to my Google account and files?

Your account will be deleted after a certain amount of time. You can copy all of your data to a personal Google account. Click here for the steps to complete this process.

Can Chromebooks Print?

Yes, however this feature is not avalible to students. Instead students may send appropriate files to print to a teacher or staff member. If the teacher or staff member sees fit, they will print the file.