Technology is ubiquitous; technology is everywhere in Henry County Public Schools. Not long ago when we spoke of technology in the school context, we were generally speaking about a computer lab visited by classes throughout the week for special projects. This is no longer the case. Today, technology is an integral part of the instructional fabric of our schools.
Henry County Public Schools embraces the use of cutting-edge technology as a catalyst for teaching and learning. We are pleased to be counted among the technology trend-setting school divisions across the state of Virginia and arguably the nation.
Our 1:1 iPad initiative is a privilege for all students in grades three through eight. This initiative impacts our students by,
- providing a mobile digital device to maximize opportunities for personalized learning.
- complementing the use of interactive whiteboards, digital resources, and other digital technologies (including digital textbooks)
- providing an effective two-way communication and collaboration between teachers and students as well as students and students, both in the classroom and beyond.
- providing digital access and learning opportunities regardless of socioeconomic status.
iPad Care and Maintenance
Carefully transport your iPad to school every day. Avoid placing weight on the iPad. Never throw or slide an iPad. Never expose an iPad to long-term temperature extremes or direct sunlight. Never leave your iPad unattended.
A suitable case is required to protect the iPad, especially while the iPad is being transported.
Your iPad comes with a school issued case. The purpose of the case is to protect the iPad, especially while the iPad is being transported. When not in use, closing the iPad case will save battery life and protect the screen. The iPad must remain in the school issued protective case at all times or in student provided case that provides equal or better protection. No stickers or any other items should be attached to the iPad itself unless placed there by school staff.
The iPad should be fully charged, using the provided wall charger, and brought to school ready to use each day. Fully charged iPad batteries will typically last 12 – 15 hours of use. Waiting to charge the iPad until the charge is low (less than 20% life or red indicator light) will extend the battery life. It is the student’s responsibility to charge the iPad at home and ensure it is ready for use in school each day. Failure to do so may result in the student’s inability to participate in classroom learning activities.
The iPad is an electronic device; handle it with care. Never throw a book bag that contains an iPad. Never place an iPad in a book bag that contains food, liquids, heavy, or sharp objects. While the iPad is scratch resistant, it is not scratch proof. Avoid using any sharp object(s) on the iPad. The iPad screen is glass and is vulnerable to cracking. Never place heavy objects on top of the iPad and never drop your iPad. Careful placement in your backpack is important.
iPads do not respond well to liquids. Avoid applying liquids to the iPad. The iPad can be cleaned with a soft lint-free cloth. Avoid getting moisture in the openings. Do not use window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol, ammonia, or abrasives to clean the iPad. Use of unapproved cleaners may remove the protective film covering the face of the iPad.
Report a Damaged/Stolen iPad
Accidental Damage to an iPad
1. Notify parent/guardian
2. Submit a claim form
Do not attempt to gain access to the internal electronics or repair your iPad. If your iPad fails to work or is damaged, report the problem to your Librarian as soon as possible. You may be issued a loaner iPad until your iPad is working properly or replaced. If the iPad is experiencing technical difficulties outside of school hours, you will need to wait until you return to school to have your problem reviewed.
Loss of an iPad
1. Notify parent/guardian and school office
2. Notify school district of loss and submit payment to obtain a replacement device
If the iPad is lost, it must be reported to the Librarian as soon as possible. It will be the responsibility of the student and family to recover or replace the lost iPad. If necessary, the District and the police will assist in recovery.
Theft of an iPad
1. Notify parent/guardian and school office
2. File a police report and obtain a copy of it
3. Submit a claim form and police report
Returning iPad when withdrawing from the District
Students who leave Henry County Public Schools during the school year must return the iPad, along with any other accessories, at the time they leave. The iPad and all accessories must be returned to the Librarian. If all items are not returned, you will be responsible to pay the replacement cost.