General Practices

What happens if my child forgets his or her Chromebook?

The Chromebook will play an integral role in classroom instruction, so it is extremely important that students bring their Chromebooks to class every day. The Chromebook will become part of a student’s necessary classroom supplies similar to a pencil and notebook paper.

If a student forgets his or her Chromebook, specific procedures and expectations will vary from school to school. Please consult your school’s student handbook for more information.

What happens if my child’s Chromebook gets broken or lost?

At this time, only students attending a Caroline Middle or High School are eligible to receive a Chromebook. The Chromebooks are set up with specific network/security software as well as programs that require paid licenses.

Are Chromebooks protected against damage?

Caroline County Public Schools provides a service plan for Chromebooks. Each school maintains a service desk. If a Chromebook breaks, no matter the cause, it should be brought to the service desk. The service desk is equipped to quickly provide students with a new device, or fix the existing one, limiting an interruption to time in class.

What if we do not have Internet access at home?

Google Docs allow the user to work in offline mode so students can complete classwork at home, even without internet access. Files are saved locally to the Chromebook, then automatically updated the next time a wireless connection is detected. So a student can start a project at school and finish it at home, even without an Internet connection. When the student returns to school the next day, anything he or she worked on at home will be automatically updated to their Google Drive. Offline mode must be enabled before students can use it. Please see the instructions to the right on how to enable offline mode. In offline mode, student can edit their documents and presentations. Spreadsheets, however, are view-only for now.

Affordable Internet Options:

  • If you are interested in purchasing wireless access to the Internet, there are many options. If your children qualify for free and reduced-price school lunches, you may be eligible to receive Internet home service from Comcast Internet Essentials for as little at $10 per month. Caroline County Public Schools does not receive any compensation for recommending Comcast Internet Essentials, which is a third party separate fromCaroline County Public Schools.

I have a wireless network at home. How do I access it on my Chromebook?

  1. Log in to the Chromebook
  2. Click the profile picture in the bottom right of the screen
  3. Click Settings
  4. The first setting drop down menu is for a connection – click the drop down menu and select the network. Some networks may require acceptance of terms of service (Panera, Libraries, etc.). Some networks may require a password to join – enter the password to establish a connection.
  5. After a connection is established, a message may pop up in the lower right corner of the Chromebook’s screen prompting the user to visit the selected network’s login page. Click this message to continue to the network login page. Upon examination of the network’s terms of service, continue with the login process. Visiting any webpage will prompt the user for their CCPS username and password. After entering credentials, the Chromebook will be successfully connected to the internet.

Will teachers be able to monitor student Chromebook use?

In school, teachers will be able to monitor all aspects of student Chromebook usage. Teachers will be able to remotely view and monitor the Chromebook activity of each student in the classroom during school hours.

At home, Caroline County Public Schools filters will still be active. Teachers will not monitor student Chromebook usage outside of school.

Will my child be able to opt out?

Chromebooks will play an integral role in classroom instruction. Students will need to use their Chromebooks in order to be a successful participant in our learning community. Parents do not exclude their students from other essential instructional activities. Similarly, we strongly encourage parents to allow their children to use Chromebooks. However, if parents have objections to Chromebook use, they should contact the administration at their child’s school.

How can the school system afford to provide students with a device?

The school system plans to increase access to student computers within the scope of the approved budget and capital improvement plan. This is possible by purchasing and supporting fewer traditional desktop computers and acquiring lower-cost, highly functional student devices.

Will there be a fee for the Chromebook?

In much the same way they currently receive other class materials, middle school and high school students will receive a Chromebook to use in schools. Similar to other school districts that allow students to take computers home, Caroline County Public Schools is charging a mobile device fee.

Will I have to pay the Chromebook fee every year?

The Chromebook is a required device chosen by Caroline County Public Schools which will allow the school system to monitor use and push applications out for classwork. The school division cannot provide the same level of safety and security with personal devices.

The fee covers all expenses for accidental damage at school and home.

Will CCPS filters be active outside of school?

No. Filters put in place by Caroline County Public Schools will not be active outside school. Most students will use their laptops responsibly, and our emphasis on using computers is not idle web surfing. While the filters will not be active outside school, a highly qualified teacher or parent nearby is the best filter.

When will high school students receive Chromebooks?

Plans call for middle school students to receive Chromebooks in the fall of 2018, and high school students to receive Chromebooks in the fall of 2018.

When a student transfers schools within the district, do they keep their Chromebook?

During the school year, students that transfer schools within the district should turn their Chromebook in prior to making the switch. School administration will communicate the satisfactory completion of all forms and payment of fees and another Chromebook will be issued.

Do parents have access to Google Apps for Education?

Only students, faculty and staff can access Google Apps for Education. Parents are encouraged to explore and work with their child online and with Google Apps for Education. Because Google Apps for Education is web based, all students, faculty and staff can access their account anytime anywhere. There is no such thing as a “parent account” with Google Apps for Education.

If you would like more information, please visit the links below:
Google Apps for Education
Google Family Safety Center

What accessibility features are available on a Chromebook?

Accessibility features can be turned on and off at any time in the Chromebook settings. To access the Settings:

  1. Click on your profile picture in the lower right corner of the Chromebook and choose “Settings”.
  2. Scroll down and select “Show Advanced Settings”.
  3. Scroll down until you see a section labeled “Accessibility”.
  4. Check the box beside any of the Accessibility features that you want to enable. To disable, uncheck the box.

Can a student that is home schooled receive a Chromebook?

At this time, only students attending a Caroline Middle or High School are eligible to receive a Chromebook. The Chromebooks are set up with specific network/security software as well as programs that require paid licenses.