SLVUSD Personally Owned Laptop, BYOD Initiative
We believe that it is increasingly important for students to have the ability to utilize technology as a tool to access information, research topics of interest, and to apply the technology skills in their daily work at school and at home. Student owned devices provide students with the opportunity to have ownership of the technology need to complete work in the 21st century. Every college and career path requires students to utilize technology both in the classroom and in preparation for the work setting.
SLVUSD owns many laptop computers (Chromebooks) on mobile carts and has a variety of computer lab settings to serve students at all school sites. While we encourage families in grades 6-12 to purchase laptops or other devices for their student's use , we will continue to provide in-school devices for classroom use. We are committed to providing financial assistance to families who cannot afford to purchase Chromebook. Students may also utilize the SLVHS Library to complete assignments and access the Internet after school on a daily basis until 5:00pm, Monday through Friday each week. We are also committed to assisting families in obtaining low cost Internet service if they do not currently have Internet connectivity and wish to obtain service.
Students will continue to participate in discussion groups, project-based learning, and interactions with other students and teachers throughout the school day. Class time will be utilized to optimize learning opportunities and to provide direct instruction from teachers for all students. Chromebooks and laptops will assist in classwork where appropriate during school hours.
Why Technology? Why Student Owned Devices?
1. Preparing Students for College and Career
2. Addressing Individual Differences
5. Responsibility and Self Confidence
Assembly Bill (AB) 1575
AB 1575 specifies that school districts may not charge fees or costs of supplies that the district is otherwise obligated to provide under the idea of a “free and public education system.” AB 1575 does not prevent schools from asking for donations or for suggesting that parents purchase school supplies, instructional tools, and/or supplemental materials for school or home usage. Furthermore, SLVUSD will provide ChromeBooks for school use and for check-out for home use to all students who do not have their own device and require a laptop to complete work. We will also assist families in purchasing devices who need assistance
Know Your Rights - Free Public Education in California
Frequently Asked Questions
May a school charge students for elective classes or extracurricular activities?
Does AB 1575 prohibit any student fees that were previously legal?
May a school charge fees only to those students who can afford them and offer waivers for those who cannot?
Are there any fees that a school may charge?
For more information on other fees authorized by stat law:
May a school request and receive donations from parents and guardians?
What can I do if I believe I am being charged an illegal fee?
Where can I find more information about the "free school guarantee" and the legality of specific type of fees?
The SLVUSD staff has an essential goal to provide equity in learning opportunities for all students. Currently, students bring a variety of laptops, Chromebooks, and tablets to school. We are committed to assisting families in providing these learning tools for all students. It is important to note that students are not required to bring their own electronic devices to school. The District will continue to provide computers and laptops for student use. There is no requirement in any curricular area for students to bring their own device to support their learning or to purchase special software.
Chromebooks are a simple laptop designed for browser use. That said, there are few settings and personalization options. Below are links to articles about settings and personalization.
Google: Chromebook Help Center
Makeuseof.com: Securing your Chromebook with two easy tweaks
Digital Citizenship - Family Resources
Common Sense Media is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. Common Sense Media empowers parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.
Parent Survey Results, December 2014
A parent survey was distributed to parent of students in grades 2-11 in November and December, 2014. A link to the parent survey is provided here.
Chromebook Loan Agreement
There is an option to checkout a Chromebook from the different school libraries for the school year. We encourage families to buy Chromebooks for their student instead of checking out a loaner from the school for the following reasons:
Buying a Chromebook or Laptop
Buying Chromebooks or laptops on Amazon using the links below donates 2% of the purchase price to a SLV parent organization dedicated to helping our district's students. You may also choose to purchase a device any other online source or retail store.
Below is a sample of Chromebooks and laptops and the related size and price. Prices below are subject to change. These prices don't reflect tax, optional insurance, and protective covers and/or sleeves. These products are listed because they meet the specifications above and would be appropriate for student use at school and home.
The following suggestions are recommended guidelines for effective student use of a laptop or device to be used in school and at home as an instructional tool. Most laptops or devices purchased in the last 3 years will meet the minimum specifications listed below.
Chromebooks are an excellent value and meet all of the requirements above for the least amount of money. Other laptops running Windows or MacBooks are also excellent choices and may meet your specific application needs better, but they are also more expensive.
Regarding security, Chromebooks are more secure than Windows or Mac computers. Chromebooks are based on a stripped down Linux OS with built-in boot checks and very few executables to attack, further information provided here.
No Internet at Home: Chromebook or
Laptop Purchasing Considerations
If Internet access isn't available at your home, your student will need to use the Chromebook or laptop in an offline mode. A Chromebook with a larger than 16GB SSD is more suitable for doing school work offline. You may also consider a $8-$20 USB drive to extend offline storage for the Chromebook. Laptops generally have more offline (local) storage space available.
Chromebooks are not the Right Choice if...
FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions
District Network and Security
SLVUSD is committed to preparing our teachers for a BYOD initiative, and for using technology in the classroom to impact student achievement. Instructional technology professional development has been a focus for the last two years, and will continue as a focus area for the future. Teachers are learning to use technology as a powerful tool in the classroom to support student learning. Some examples of professional development for SLVUSD teachers include the following:
Student Technology Acceptable Use Policy
Please keep in mind some of these policies are out of date and being updated.
Suggestions or Comments?
Please email comments or suggestions to email@example.com. All emails will be available for reading and consideration by our EduTech committee.