What is a Chromebook?

A Chromebook is a personal computer running the Google Chrome OS (Operating System).  Although the device has come offline capabilities, it is designed to be used while connected to the Internet.  Rather than use traditional software that resides on the device itself, Chromebooks utilize web applications and cloud storage to create a unique user experience.  The web applications allow the device to quickly boot upon system startup.  In addition to utilizing cloud storage, Chromebooks have an internal hard drive that documents can also be saved to.  USB peripheral devices such as a wireless mouse or a flash drive will work however, students will not be able to install software or run executable files.

What is the Chrome Operating System (OS)?

The Chrome OS (Operating System) works with web-based applications versus traditional stand alone software.  There are no programs to load and no updates to install.  The Chrome OS automatically updates, therefore you are always running the most current version.  Chrome was designed for more than just speed.  Because of its advanced security features, Chrome offers a very safe browsing experience. Chrome also allows you to control what information you share online.

Student Expectations

It is the expectation that students care for their MNSD issued Chromebook as if it were their own, keeping it in good working condition. Students are also expected to bring their computer with them to school every day, fully charged. Even though the device has a 8 hour battery life it is the student’s responsibility to charge it EVERY NIGHT. Parents can reinforce this behavior at home.

Care and Maintenance

It is recommended that the MNSD issued Chromebook be carried in a protective case when not in use. Avoid placing anything heavy on top of the device as this may damage the screen. Also keep food and liquids away from the device. If your child happens to experience any issues with their Chromebook, charger, or any application on it, each school has resources to help troubleshoot the problem. Each school has been assigned a Technology Support Specialist to assist with hardware issues such as cracked screens, missing keys, or booting issues. When a problem occurs it is the responsibility of the student to bring the device to the HelpDesk/Library during specified hours.

Technology Guidelines

• The laptop is an educational tool and should be used in that capacity only.
• Do not leave laptops in automobiles.
• Laptops must come to school fully charged every day.
• The student is the only authorized user of the assigned laptop.
• Do not eat or drink near the laptop. This includes bringing it to a lunch table!
• Do not rest pencils/pens or other items on the keyboard. Accidentally closing the laptop 
with items on the keyboard damages the screen.
• Cyberbullying will not be tolerated.
• Students should not try to bypass the district filter in any way. This includes, but is not 
limited to, the use of proxy avoidance sites.