Q.) If I purchase software in addition to the available software provided through MSDWC, will the technology staff load it for me?
A.) Generally, no. However, if the software directly relates to a course taken by a student and proves to be educational, it may be loaded on a student’s machine. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Q.) What if I already have another model or brand of laptop computer?
A.) You will be required to use the school district issued laptop for school purposes. This is necessary to ensure that you have a computer that gives you network capability and the ability to run the software that you will need.
Q.) Can I have my laptop computer this summer?
A.) No. All laptops will be collected at the end of the school year for general maintenance, cleaning, and software installation purposes. Students will receive their laptops again in the Fall.
Q.) What about protection against theft or breakage through carelessness?
A.) Your laptop is very portable and very valuable, making it an attractive target for thieves. Therefore, the MSDWC laptop protection is recommended. The protection covers the laptop for a $25.00 payment. You will be responsible for paying an additional charge of $100.00 for each theft or loss claim. A police report must be filed before we consider any claims on theft. The best protection is to take care of your laptop. Do not leave your laptop in the building, classroom, hallways, or car unattended. Take your laptop home each night or turn it into the Technology Center for safe keeping.
Q.) Does MSDWC provide maintenance on my laptop?
A.) Yes. The technology staff will coordinate maintenance for students. Students enrolled at MSDWC will be covered by a maintenance agreement for items described in the warranty agreement and Accidental Protection Plan. Please consult the warranty agreement so that you understand what is and what is not covered.
Q.) What will I do without a computer in my classes if my laptop unit is being repaired or replaced it if it is lost or stolen?
A.) MSDWC stocks a limited number of laptops that can be loaned out on a first come, first-served basis. You will be able to apply for a loaner unit through the technology staff. If you are in possession of a loaner, treat it as if it were your own laptop. You will be responsible for any damage to the unit or for its loss.
Q.) Do I need a printer?
A.) No. Printers are located near classrooms.
Q.) Can I add a printer at home?
A.) Most printers will work with your MacBook. We cannot provide assistance in connecting your MacBook to your personal printer.
Q.) How do I connect to the Internet at home?
A.) You may connect to the Internet using a wireless Ethernet connection. Dial-up Internet connections will work not work on MSDWC laptops.
Q.) Will there be facilities to backup the files I create on my laptop?
A.) Yes. When you save your documents to the user folder, your files are automatically saved to the district storage server. You are also encouraged to backup your documents on a USB storage device.
Q.) What if I want to add options to my laptop later?
A.) Only MSDWC is authorized to add options and upgrades to your laptop. Students can submit requests to the technology staff for considerations of software. The technology committee will review all requests and make recommendations for future upgrades.
Q.) Can I buy my own cover or skin for my MacBook?
A.) Yes, as long as they do not attach permanently to the laptop and can be removed without causing damage to the laptop. Keyboard covers are permissible as well.
Q.) What if I want to run another operating system on my laptop?
A.) Only the operating system chosen by Metropolitan School District of Wabash County will be authorized to run on a student-issued laptop.
Q.) What has the district done to help prevent students from going to inappropriate sites?
A.) We have a software product called Lightspeed which is designed to help monitor all Internet sites that students attempt to access both at school and out of school. This software blocks inappropriate sites and also logs a history of every site that each user opens. All students who attempt to find inappropriate sites will be directed to the Principal’s Office. Principals will notify parents of such events.
Q.) Can parents set additional filters?
A.) This is not available.
Q.) Will registration be as expensive next year?
A.) Several factors play into registration fees. The cost for computer rental/insurance will remain the same for 2013-2014.
Q.) Are student laptops subject to school “snooping”; what if they bring their laptop in for repairs and “objectionable data” is detected?
A.) Inappropriate material on laptops should be reported to the classroom teacher, principal, or technology staff immediately upon identification. Students who have “objectionable data” on their laptop but have failed or chosen not to report it, will be referred to the Principal’s Office.
Q.) If the accessories to my laptop are lost or stolen, how much will it cost to replace them?
A.) In the event that laptop accessories are stolen, you should report the lost items to the technology staff or Principals’ office. The cost to replace specific accessories is listed below. The student will be responsible for all costs if accessories are lost or stolen. All defective accessories will be allowed to be replaced as administrators deem appropriate.
Q.) What is habitual damage?
A.) Habitual damage is defined as more than two incidents in one year and is at the discretion of the administration. Much of the laptop damage that occurs is the result of student carelessness. Laptop and accessory damages resulting from carelessness will be assessed the fees listed below. Examples of student carelessness would be LCD screens broken as the result of shutting the lid with objects still on the keyboard and the continual loss of keys from the keyboard. In the cases of “student carelessness” the following fees/charges will be assessed:
Q.) What is intentional damage?
A.) Intentional damage is defined as damage incurred by throwing the laptop/iPad, using excessive force on the laptop/iPad, losing one’s temper and hitting the laptop/iPad, and other similar actions that intentionally damage the device. Intentional damage is not covered by either the laptop’s warranty or accidental damage insurance.