The iPads are Coming!!

Families,

The purpose of this communication is to make you aware of important information related to our upcoming student iPad distribution.

 Deployment of Student Devices

Devices will be deployed to your student on Tuesday September 25th, 2018. Prior to the deployment day, your student will be notified, and must address any previous outstanding charge that may have been accrued from previous school years. Addressing the charge will require that either the entire charge is paid in full, or at least 30% of the invoice is paid, and payment plan is worked out with the device management team.

Students who have not addressed the charge on deployment day may be required to keep their assigned device at school until payment has been made in full or payment plans have been established. While deployment for take-home use may be denied or limited, students will not be denied access to educational services or curriculum because of outstanding charges. Upon initial deployment, all students are issued a case, cable, and charger. If there is damage or loss to the case, cable or charger after the initial distribution, students will be held financially responsible.

Device Management Procedures

Osseo Area Schools provides students with access to district technology resources for educational purposes. Students must adhere to all district policies including, but not limited to:

  • Technology and Internet Acceptable Use by Students (Policy 524),
  • Bullying Prohibition (Policy 514), and
  • Student Discipline (Policy 506).

Although the device is issued to a student, the device is and remains the property of Osseo Area Schools. The device may be reviewed by District personnel, or have access revoked at any time. The student should have no expectation of privacy regarding content on the device. The device is specifically assigned to a student and can only be activated with a valid District 279 username and password.

Collection of Student Devices

Upon withdrawal from Osseo Area Schools, a student must return the device, and all accessories to their school’s media center. If the items are not returned, the student, and his/her parent/guardian will be billed the replacement cost. Failure to pay the replacement cost may result in action being taken by a collection agency.

All devices will be collected at the end of the school year. If a student fails to return the device and accessories (case, cord, and charging block), they will be assessed a replacement charge for the missing items. Device charges can be reversed following the return of the device to the school, and the device passing the inspection/processing by the district.

Device Repairs

Students will be assessed damage repair costs for all damages to the student’s assigned device. Any outstanding charges in relation to the device will result in the device being held in the media center until a minimum payment is made and a payment plan is set up, or the charge is paid in full.

Certain situations may require the full-payment of the device cost. These include:

  • Devices that are damaged beyond repair.
  • Devices that are stolen or lost due to negligence.
  • Device supplies that are stolen or lost due to negligence.
  • Intentional or reckless damage.
  • Tampering with the device or operating system. Students should not attempt to fix or repair hardware issues on the device.

Any incidents of damage, theft, or loss of a device must be reported to the School Media Center immediately. This includes cracked screens, even if the device is still usable. The District will track damages in its asset management system. Students who have had three damages with their assigned device will be required to have a meeting with the building administration. At four damages, a parent meeting will take place with the building administration. The District reserves the right to modify charges based upon a parent’s active military service or inability to pay.

Spares will be provided to a student on a per-case basis, as determined by the school. Students who have tampered with, or intentionally or recklessly damaged the device will not be issued a spare. Spare devices are assigned to the student, and will follow the same damage charge process as the assigned device.

 2018-2019 Estimated Repair/ Replacement Costs

Outlined below are the estimated costs for the repair or replacement of the device

  • Full device replacement $451
  • Case replacement $35
  • Cable replacement $12
  • Charger replacement $16
  • Battery replacement $109
  • Screen damage $109
  • Mainboard damage $109

Note: These costs are an estimate based on current price of parts. Actual cost may vary based on the nature of the damage, and the actual cost of replacement parts.

If you have any questions about this or anything else related to North View Middle School please connect with me here or follow me at @NVMSPrincipal. 

The iPads are Here!

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At North View Middle School(NVMS) we believe that teaching and learning approaches should accommodate the diverse skills, abilities, and prior knowledge of young adolescents, cultivate multiple intelligences, draw upon students’ individual learning styles, and utilize digital tools. When learning experiences capitalize on students’ cultural, experiential, and personal backgrounds, new concepts are built on knowledge students already possess. One of the ways to do this is by integrating technology into students’ educational experience. With the use of iPad technology we are able to enhance learning and instruction; use the Schoology learning management system for communication and collaboration; and expanded online learning options for students.

With the addition of the iPads to a school community many worry about the misuse that can come with such a devise. Because of this concern NVMS takes a proactive approach to the management of the iPads.

For example we:

  • Held a parent meeting in September to help parents understand our deployment plan, student expectations and consequences associated with misuse.
  • The district internet filters have been updated so that the following nuisance sites are blocked during the school day: Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram.
  • A full time tech support ESP is present in the building. Her work primarily involves repairing the iPads, and assisting with the monitoring of inappropriate use.
  • The ability to download unauthorized apps has been removed because student iPads are no longer associated with Apple IDs.
  • With the help of our tech ESP, we take “Big Brother” approach by monitoring student activity and sending out reminders and updates for students.
  • Our deployment process provided for time to teach expectation lessons associated with the appropriate use of student iPads in advisory. View the video below to learn more about the appropriate use guidelines.

My hope is that with these proactive measures in place, our students will be equipped to fully engage with this powerful learning tool. If you have any questions about the digital learning initiative at NVMS please connect with me by filling out the form below.

 

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North View in the News!

Veterans Day lesson at North View Middle School

Published November 17, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Sixth-grade students Saniah Smith and Aaliyah Hanks examine the red rose and other items on the small white table in Dennis Gunther’s classroom at Northview Middle School. In the background, classmate Elaina Lee selects a book to read. The class reviewed the book “America’s White Table” as part of its Veterans Day lesson Nov. 11.
Sixth-grade students examine the red rose and other items on the small white table in Dennis Gunther’s classroom at North View Middle School. In the background, a classmate selects a book to read. The class reviewed the book “America’s White Table” as part of its Veterans Day lesson  on Nov. 11.
Dennis Gunther watches as his students use their iPads to answer questions about the history of Veterans Day during a quiz on their reading material and several videos on veterans, freedom and military service. (Sun Post staff photos by Gretchen Schlosser)
Dennis Gunther watches as his students use their iPads to answer questions about the history of Veterans Day during a quiz on their reading material and several videos on veterans, freedom and military service. (Sun Post staff photos by Gretchen Schlosser)