Chromebook Policy and Usage Guidelines
Children at Trinity Lutheran School in Kiel can be issued Chromebooks for use in school and at home. This document provides children and their parents/guardians with information about taking care of the equipment, using it to complete assignments, and being a good digital citizen. Children and their parents/guardians are reminded that use of technology is a privilege and not a right and that everything done on any device, network, or electronic communication device may be monitored by the school authorities. Inappropriate use of the technology can result in limited or banned computer use, or disciplinary consequences. Children and their parents/guardians are responsible for reviewing the Chromebook Agreement.
Ownership of the Chromebook
Trinity Lutheran School in Kiel retains sole right of possession of the Chromebook. The Chromebooks are loaned to the children for educational purposes for the academic year. Moreover, Trinity administrative staff and faculty retain the right to collect and/or inspect Chromebooks at any time, including via electronic remote access and to alter, add, delete installed software or hardware.
Responsibility for the Chromebook
Children are solely responsible for the Chromebooks issued to them and must adhere to the following:
must comply with the Chromebook Agreement and all policies of the school when using their Chromebooks.
must bring their Chromebooks to school every day and make sure it is fully charged. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action. Note: A fully charged Chromebook should last 6.5 hours charged.
must treat their device with care and never leave it in an unsecured location.
must promptly report any problems with their Chromebook to tech support.
may NOT remove or interfere with the serial number and other identification.
may not attempt to remove or change the physical structure of the Chromebook, including the keys, screen cover or plastic casing.
may not attempt to install or run any operating system on the Chromebook other than the ChromeOS operating system supported by the school.
must keep their device clean and must not touch the screen with anything (e.g., your finger, pen, pencil, etc..) other than approved computer screen cleaners.
Taking Care of Your Chromebook
Children are responsible for the general care of the Chromebook which they have been issued by the school. Chromebooks that are broken or fail to work properly must be reported to a teacher or reported to firstname.lastname@example.org. If a loaner Chromebook is warranted, one will be issued to the student until their Chromebook can be repaired or replaced.
No food or drink is allowed next to your Chromebooks while it is in use.
Cords, cables, and removable storage devices must be inserted carefully into the Chromebook.
Children should never carry their Chromebook while the screen is open unless directed to do so by a teacher.
Chromebooks should be shut down when not in use to conserve battery life.
Chromebooks should never be shoved into a locker or wedged into a book bag as this may break the screen.
Do not expose your Chromebook to extreme temperature or direct sunlight for extended periods of time. Extreme heat or cold may cause damage to the laptop.
Always bring your laptop to room temperature prior to turning it on.
Carrying the Chromebook:
The protective shell of the Chromebook will only provide basic protection from everyday use. It is not designed to prevent damage from drops or abusive handling. Carrying the Chromebook in a padded backpack or padded book bag is acceptable provided the backpack or bookbag is handled with care. For example, you shouldn’t toss the bag or drop the bag if your Chromebook is inside.
The Chromebook screen can be damaged if subjected to rough treatment. The screens are particularly sensitive to damage from excessive pressure on the screen.
Do not lean on top of the Chromebook.
Do not place anything near the Chromebook that could put pressure on the screen.
Do not place anything in a backpack that will press against the cover.
Do not poke the screen.
Do not place anything on the keyboard before closing the lid (e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks).
Clean the screen with a soft, dry anti-static, or micro-fiber cloth. Do not use window cleaner or any type of liquid or water on the Chromebook. You can also purchase individually packaged pre-moistened eyeglass lens cleaning tissues to clean the screen. These are very convenient and relatively inexpensive.
Using Your Chromebook
The Chromebook is intended for use at school each and every day. In addition to teacher expectations for Chromebook use, school messages, announcements, calendars, academic handbooks, student handbooks and schedules may be accessed using the Chromebook. Children must be responsible for bringing their Chromebook to all classes, unless specifically advised not to do so by their teacher.
All children are required to take their Chromebook home each night throughout the school year for charging. Students need to charge their Chromebooks each evening.