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One Apple iPad, charger, and a case are loaned to the student.  
Students are required to keep their school iPad in the school provided case.  If students wish to have a case with a built-in keyboard, they may purchase the Zagg Rugged Book Durable Case.   All other cases will void the Technology Protection Plan.  
Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year all students will have access to an iPad as a part of their personalized learning experience at school. All fifth through twelfth grade students will be able to take the iPad home (5th grade beginning in January, 2018). If the family does not want to take after-school responsibility for the device, then the iPad will stay at school.  
Not at this time.  The district does not have the ability to provide technical support, install district paid apps, or provide repair services for personal devices.  Here are some of the reasons why the district made this decision.

Repairing and Servicing Devices

The district doesn’t have the ability or the right to repair a student’s personal device and it’s important that students devices work every day. We have a repair process in place to quickly turn around devices and provide loaners to students who need an iPad when their device is out of service. We highly recommend that families pay for the TPP. They will not find a cheaper insurance policy on the market.

Maintaining a Common Operating System

The district provides all students in the building with a similar device so that we can all be on the same operating system. This helps with state testing requirements, common app use for classroom learning, as well as troubleshooting.

Damages by Other Students

If another student damages a district iPad we have the ability to work through that process with the families involved.  It becomes a lot more complicated if another student damages a student’s personally owned device.

District Provided Software

The district provides several paid apps to students in the One2One program which we distribute to our district owned devices. It is not possible for us to provide those apps to personally owned devices because the district still owns the licenses and removes that software app from district devices when it’s time for a different student to use the app in a course.

Restrictions on iPads

The district has certain restrictions in place on district owned devices to protect students. This allows us to provide a safe environment as well as a consistent environment across all students. This would not be possible with personally owned devices.

Families are not charged an additional fee for the device. The school district owns the iPad and loans them to each student. Parents will have the option to purchase the Technology Protection Plan.
Parents/guardians will have the option to purchase the technology protection plan. The total premium cost for the 2017-2018 school year is $25 for grades 6-12 and $12.50 for grade 5. The Technology Protection Plan is not refundable. Those wishing to purchase the technology protection plan will have until the end of the first week of the school year to do so.

This agreement covers the iPad loaned to the student against all incidental damage or loss over $50. Accessories (charger and case) and damages valued at less than $50 are NOT covered and are the sole responsibility of the student. Coverage is 24 hours per day. NEGLECT/ABUSE IS NOT COVERED.  The Technology Protection Plan will only cover two incidences per school year. Please refer to your protection plan agreement for additional details and plan specifics.

Parents/guardians can pay either online through MyPaymentsplus.com (available June 1- September 1, 2017) or by check. If paying by check, please make sure to include your student’s ID number and TPP on the memo line.  If paying for the Technology Protection Plan for more than one child on a check, please make sure to include the student ID number for each child.

1. Talk with your child about appropriate use of the Internet and what they post.  2. Have your student use the device in public rooms of home. 3. The website www.netsmartz.org has a lot of great ideas on Internet Safety.  4. Charge the iPad in a public area of the home, not in the bedroom.  5. Internet Filtering tools for home-  OpenDNS, Circle with Disney ($10 discount for Hilliard families using code: circle+hilliard) K9 Web Protection

Should parents feel they need to implement further control over what Internet content their child is accessing, they may choose to use the Restrictions settings on the iPad. For more information on how to use Restrictions, please read our help article Creating Digital Balance at Home.

All iPads are supervised by our mobile device management system which allows us to control app installation. Students in grades K-8 can not add apps from the App store. They can only add apps that have been selected by our teachers and staff.  High school students can add apps with ratings up to 12+.  Apps rated 17+ can not be installed on school iPads.  The district is also blocking specific apps. Blocked apps by Hilliard Schools.  Internet content is filtered when students are connected to school WiFi.  However, the district does not provide filtering of Internet content outside of the school’s network (ie. your home/public wireless network). If you would like to know more about monitoring your child’s Internet use at home, please see “How do I monitor my child’s use of the iPad” FAQ.
The district owns the iPad and loans them to each student. Students are responsible for any damage to the device.
Absolutely. Not only can they take the iPad home, they are encouraged to. Students will use it for in-class work and for homework assignments. Students in grades K-4 will not be bringing the iPad home at this time. 
Students attending the Tolles Plain City campus (part-time or full-time) will receive an iPad from Tolles.  Click here for more information about Tolles’ 1 to 1 program. http://www.tollestech.com/high-school/1to1/  
Students in grades K-8 will not have the ability to download games from the App store.  They will only be able to download apps from the Filewave App Portal that have been provided by Hilliard City Schools.

High school students will be able to download apps (games) from the App store.  There is no sure fire way to prevent any and all gaming apps from being installed on your child’s iPad.

1. Talk with your child about your expectations about using his/her school iPad for gaming.

2. If your child is struggling with self-regulating the amount of game apps he/she is downloading and a parent wishes to control which apps a student can load on their iPad, there are several ways to accomplish this.

One way is to turn on family sharing so that a child has to get permission from the parent to load an app. Here is a link to a tutorial on how to do this: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201088

Another way is to use Restrictions:

1. Go into Settings on the iPad.
2. Tap on General (in the lefthand menu).
3. Tap on Restrictions.
Here you enter a 4 digit code that you don’t share with your student. You have to confirm the 4 digit code by entering it twice. DON’T FORGET this number! If you do you run the risk of completely locking up your child’s iPad (this is a security feature built into the device).
4. Once you are in the Restrictions area, scroll down and turn off (Installing Apps). Basically you tap the little toggle switch so that it is no longer green.
5. Don’t change anything else in the Restrictions area!

From this point forward no more apps (game or educational) will be allowed to be installed on the iPad. You can now delete off the game apps from your child’s iPad. To delete an app, tap and hold a few seconds on the app you’d like to remove.  Once the app starts “wiggling” you will see an X on the upper right corner of the app.  Tap the X and the app will be deleted from the iPad.  This will delete all the data from the app.  Deleted apps will always be available for download from the App Store in the Purchased section, regardless of whether it was a was free or paid app.

If your son/daughter tells you that they have been told by a teacher to install a certain (free) app, you could touch base with that teacher to confirm and then basically go back to the Restrictions area (Step 3 above), turn “Installing Apps” back on and then go download the app. Once the app has been downloaded you would go back to the Restrictions area (Step 3) and turn “Installing Apps” back off again.

Students in grades 6-8 will be issued a Hilliard Schools managed Apple ID by the district.

Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to create a school Apple ID using their @hilliardschools.org email address. Directions for creating an Apple ID without a credit card will be shared at iPad pickup day. Students may use a personal Apple ID if they choose. 

Apple has changed the way student Apple IDs are created and managed to align with COPPA laws.  As the majority of our students in grades 6-8 are under the age of 13, Apple no longer allows them to download apps from the App store. Students will be able to add apps from the Filewave App Portal provided by Hilliard Schools.
Students in grades 6-8 will have a managed Apple ID that is created for them.  They will not have the ability to download apps from the App store.  They will only be able to download apps from the Filewave App Portal that have been provided by Hilliard City Schools.

The district will be working with high school students to create individual Apple ID’s that are tied to your student’s @hilliardschools.org email account. This account will enable them to add apps to their iPad. The student’s @hilliardschools.org Apple ID will be setup so that there is no charging capability (to a credit card) on the account.  The district will provide some paid apps to all students.

Yes, Apple requires an address and phone number when creating an Apple ID.  We recommend high school students use the school address and phone number.  
No, families will not be asked to purchase additional apps.  The district is providing two paid apps, Notability and Explain Everything, to each student for use on their district-issued iPad.
 If a student or family wants to make app purchases or in-app purchases, they will need to use an Apple iTunes gift card. We do not recommend associating a credit card with a student’s Apple ID.
Yes, students will need to update the iOS. They do not have to wait until being notified by Hilliard schools unless the district is aware of an issue. Students are encouraged, but not required, to update their iOS on their home network.
 Accidental damage causing the iPad to be unusable is the responsibility of the parent/guardian unless they have paid for the Technology Protection Plan.

Take your iPad to the student helpdesk in the Media Center if you experience any technical problems. If it cannot be fixed at that time, a loaner iPad may be issued to you, if available.  All iPad policy agreements remain in effect for the loaner iPad.  If your iPad is stolen or damaged by another party, please report it to the office immediately.  Your claim will be investigated further by the school district and/or the appropriate police agency. For more information about what is and what is not covered please reference the iPad Handbook 5-12.

Each building will have a Help Desk area located in the building’s media center. Take your iPad to the student helpdesk in the Media Center if you experience any technical problems.
Contact the classroom teacher and explain the issue.  We encourage parents to stay in communication with their child’s teachers about any educational issues.
Parents will be mailed a letter when their child’s device has been repaired by the district.  The letter will also include the cost of the repair if applicable.  
Students will receive a new device in 9th grade.  Families need to sign the Loan Agreement the first time their child is issued an iPad. The signed Loan Agreement will be valid for the duration the student is enrolled in Hilliard City Schools.
The equipment can be turned into the Help Desk area located in the building’s media center.
As we have implemented each phase of our One2One iPad initiative, we have improved the wireless network and infrastructure in those buildings. Our upgraded network is designed so that each student and staff member can have up to 3 devices connected to WiFi.
ATT&T is offering low-cost wireline home Internet service to qualifying households:

  • With at least one resident who participates in the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and
  • With an address in AT&T’s 21-state service area, at which we offer wireline home Internet Service, and
  • Without outstanding debt for AT&T fixed Internet service within the last six months or outstanding debt incurred under this program.

Check out https://www.att.com/shop/internet/access/index.html#/ for more information and to see if your household qualifies!

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Hilliard City School District | Superintendent, John Marschhausen, Ph.D. | Treasurer, Brian W. Wilson

2140 Atlas Street, Columbus, OH 43228 | Phone: (614) 921-7000 | Fax: (614) 921-7001

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