Announcement

Chromebooks for Grades 6,7,8 Announcement for 2015-16

Dear Parents:
 
We are pleased to announce an exciting new District 102 technology initiative for the 2015-2016 school year, in which your 6th, 7th, or 8th grader will be included.
 
District 102 will issue Chromebook computers to students in grades 6, 7, and 8 for use both at school and, eventually, at home. The devices will be issued much like textbooks, in that they are only issued for the duration of the school year, and damages are the device holder's responsibility. Students who prefer to use their own home computer for schoolwork will be able to leave their Chromebook at school and, instead, use their own computer at home.
 
While benefits from this change are expected across all subject areas, the district’s newly adopted math program, Digits, includes an exceptionally strong core technology component, and the district expects that students participating in this math program will benefit greatly from this tighter integration of curriculum and technology.
 
Chromebook computers are internet devices at their core; they require a consistent internet connection to operate properly. While some programs operate even when not connected, students must have access to a wireless connection (WiFi access) for full functionality. At school, the district will provide WiFi internet connectivity. At home, parents will need to provide WiFi internet access. Comcast’s Internet Essentials program provides greatly discounted internet service for families without internet access and who are eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program.  More information can be found on Comcast’s Internet Essentials program by visiting: http://www.internetessentials.com or calling 1-855-846-8376.
 
If considering Comcast’s Internet Essentials offering, be aware that in order to be eligible for their discounted service you must not currently be, or have been a subscriber to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days; you will not qualify for the discounted plan if you currently have, or recently have had (within the last 3 months), active internet service from Comcast.
 
The district continues to plan for next year, and more information will be shared as it is becomes available over the summer. A document containing frequently asked questions (FAQ) is also being compiled. In fact, your help is requested for the FAQ. Please share questions so that they can be addressed in the FAQ. Please email questions to: reallocation@sd102.net
 
If you have questions unique to your situation that you would like to discuss, please contact me directly using the contact information listed below. If you have questions that might benefit a larger audience, please send them to reallocation@sd102.net to be considered for inclusion in the FAQ.
 
We look forward to working with you as we introduce this exciting new program across the district. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Al Kirkus
Technology Director
LaGrange School District 102
Email: kirkusal@dist102.k12.il.us
Office: 708-215-7004