Information for New Families

Chromebook Access Information

 

Dear Class of 2023 Parents and Guardians,

Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School (ENSATS) greatly values and integrates technology into all aspects of our curriculum and programming. The Class of 2023 will be the first student group to use Google Chromebooks as their 1-to-1 device. Our decision to transition our students to Chromebooks has been made through a considerable amount of research, and we strongly believe that the use of Chromebooks in our classrooms and CTE areas will further enhance learning for students in all settings.

Access Options: In order to ensure equal technology access for all students, we offer two options for families to pick from to access a Chromebook:

  1. Bring your own: You may purchase your own Chromebook from any retailer and use it at ENSATS.
    1. This option allows you to conduct your own research and select a model that best fits your student’s needs. We highly recommend referring to Google’s Auto Update Policy for Chromebooks, which specifies when Google will stop Chromebooks from receiving updates. This date is typically four or five years after the device is originally manufactured.
    2. If you choose this option, Chromebooks will be enrolled in our management system once school begins next year. These Chromebooks will also be restricted to ensure students are focused on school work.
    3. If you are seeking a recommendation, consider the Lenovo 100e Chromebook (2nd Gen).  
  2. Borrow: You may borrow a Chromebook from the school. All families that borrow from ENSATS will be charged a one-time $50 Technology Fee*.
    1. If you select this option, you will be emailed a copy of the District Technology Loan Agreement to be signed and returned to the Technology Office.
      1. Accidental damage to a borrowed Chromebook can be repaired through the Technology Office for a $20 repair fee.
      2. Families will be held fiscally liable for any intentional damage made to the borrowed Chromebook or if the Chromebook is lost.
    2. Borrowed Chromebooks may be brought home on a nightly basis during the school year.

✦✦✦ It is highly recommended that, when possible, Chromebooks are purchased by the family. ✦✦✦

Action Required: Please visit http://bit.ly/ETChromebookAccess (case sensitive) to submit your choice on how your student will access a Chromebook (bring or borrow) by May 31, 2019.

If you have any questions about our 1-to-1 Chromebook program, please feel free to send me an email at [email protected]

Joseph V. Marino
Interim Director of Technology

*In accordance with district policy, families experiencing financial need in order to address this requirement are encouraged to contact the Technology Office.

 


Frequently Asked Questions 

 

Q. Can students use a device other than a Chromebook, such as a PC Laptop, Macbook, or iPad? 
A. No, we ask that students only use Chromebooks in class. We want to ensure that teachers are able to provide unified instruction to all students, therefore, we believe it’s important that all students have the same type of device. In addition, Chromebooks will be enrolled in a management system to ensure productivity and provide network access.

Q. If a  family choose to borrow, is the $50 Technology Fee paid yearly? 
A. No, the $50 Technology Fee is a one-time that covers all four years at Essex Tech.

Q. Do students return borrowed Chromebooks for the summer? 
A. Yes, families that elect to borrow a Chromebook from the school will need to return the Chromebook during the summer break.

Q. Which Chromebook will students receive if a family chooses to borrow?
A. At this time, we anticipate that students will borrow a Lenovo 100e Chromebook (2nd Gen).

Q. Why do you recommend the Lenovo 100e Chromebook (2nd Gen). 
A. While there are many great Chromebook options available, we are recommending this model for its combination of ruggedness and cost-effectiveness.