Lakeville Area Schools (LAS) understands the importance of preparing its students to be college and career ready in a globalized economy. The District is committed to providing its students with an education that allows them to compete, thrive and lead on a local, national and global level. The effective use and integration of technology into daily tasks is key to supporting students in learning a robust skill set that enables them to continuously open and expand opportunities professionally and personally.
Lakeville Area Schools wants to ensure students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to responsibly navigate this emerging modern world. Therefore, Lakeville Area Schools has implemented a designated learning device program for grades K-12 using the iPad to create a seamless and dynamic educational experience for students.
The goals of the program are:
- Ensure all learners have engaging and empowering learning experiences that prepare them to be active, creative, knowledgeable, and ethical participants in our globally connected society.
- Provide equitable access to technology to close the digital divide and make transformative learning opportunities available to all learners.
- Utilize safe and secure learning resources that embody the flexibility and power of technology to create an ecosystem that makes learning possible at all times and in all places for all students.
In each of these goals we also embed a digital citizenship foundation that allows students to connect to authentic experiences. We want students to reflect on their actions of being a critical consumer and positive contributor in a digital world.
All students will have access to an iPad designated for their use and learning. During distance or hybrid learning, all students will be able to take their iPad home for educational use.
Receiving Your iPad
Acceptable Uses of District-issued iPads
District-issued iPads can be used for educational purposes only. Students and their parents/guardians must comply with the Acceptable Use policy #524.To keep our students safe online, the same stringent content filtering used in schools is applied on the district-issued iPad, regardless of where or how the student connects to the Internet. Students, parents/guardians, and Lakeville Area Schools employees are jointly responsible for the proper use of the Internet and the iPad for an enhanced educational experience. Parents are responsible for monitoring their student’s use of the school district system and of the Internet if the student is accessing the school district system from home or a remote location.
An Internet Use Agreement form must be read and signed by the user and the parent/guardian, and kept on file in the building.
This Family/Student Agreement for iPad Use details the expectations and responsibilities of parents/guardians and students when using a district-issued iPad. This must be completed prior to the distribution of the iPad.
To digitally sign the Internet Use Agreement and the Family/Student Agreement for iPad Use, please click here: LAS AUP/Loan Agreement. Access to this form will be turned off on September 7. After that, paper copies will need to be signed and returned to the school building.Every parent/guardian of a Lakeville Area Schools student must review this Family Handbook and sign the acceptance form. Forms can be completed digitally through the link provided or in paper format.
Acceptable Use/Family/Student Agreement for iPad Use – Paper
Acceptable Use/Family/Student Agreement for iPad Use – Digital
Taking Care of Your iPad
Students are responsible for the general care of the device they have been issued by the school. Devices that are broken or fail to work properly must be taken to the IMC within the student’s school for an evaluation of the equipment. Please read iPad Care for more information.
The device is school property and all users will follow the Acceptable Use Policy.
- Power cords must be inserted carefully into the device to prevent damage. Plug in and remove cord by pulling on the connector, not the cable.
- Devices must never be left in an unlocked locker, unlocked car, or any unsupervised area.
- Devices must never be left in a location susceptible to extreme cold or hot weather.
- Moisture is damaging to devices; keep it out of water and humid locations.
The device comes with a school issued protective case. The purpose of the case is to protect the device, especially while the device is being transported. The device must remain in the school issued case at all times. Devices and cases must remain free of any writing, drawing, stickers, labels, or any other physical alterations that are not the property of Lakeville Area Schools.
Devices Left in Unsupervised Areas
Under no circumstances should devices be left in unsupervised areas. Unsupervised areas include the school grounds and campus, lunchroom, computer lab, locker rooms, Media Center (IMC), unlocked classrooms, gymnasiums, auditorium, and hallways. Any device left in these areas is in danger of being stolen. If an iPad is found in an unsupervised area, it will be taken to the IMC.
Using Your iPad
Charging Your Device’s Battery
The iPad should be charged using the provided wall charger. 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 each student’s responsibility to charge the iPad and ensure it is ready for use in school each day.
Out of School Internet Access
Students are allowed to set up other wireless networks on their devices. This will assist them with device use while out of school. However, the LAS Acceptable Use Policy must be followed while using a district owned device. To connect your iPad to a different network follow the instructions located here: Connect iPad to the Internet
A reliable Internet connection is needed (minimally around 3 mbps) for a student to effectively engage in distance learning.
Lakeville Area Schools has a limited number of wif-fi hotspots which will be provided for free and prioritized for families who qualify for educational benefits. If you need a reliable internet connection and you qualify for educational benefits (free and reduced price meals) please fill out this form.
Families who do not qualify for free internet through the district can still receive assistance in applying for low-cost Internet solutions through Internet Service Providers. Options for Reduced Rate Internet | Opciones para Internet Gratis o tarifa reducida
All student devices are managed by the District Support Center for Information Technology through the use of Jamf, a mobile device management system and Securly, a filtering system. Any attempts by students to circumvent any district management and/or filtering settings through software restoration or jailbreaking will result in disciplinary action.
The device is owned by Lakeville Area Schools and can be inspected anytime. Students should have no expectation of privacy with respect to use of the device and/or materials found on the device. Students may be asked, at any time, to provide their device for inspection.
Forgetting your device
Students should bring their device to school and expect to use it in class every day. If a student does not bring their device to school, they are responsible for getting the coursework completed as if they had their device present. If available, students may check out a device through the building IMC and return it at the end of the school day.
Access to the technology in the Lakeville Area Schools has been established for educational purposes. The use of the Lakeville Area Schools’ electronic technologies is a valued resource to our community. All electronic technologies must be used in support of the educational program of the District. This access may be revoked at any time for abusive or inappropriate conduct related to the use of electronic technologies.
Failure to comply with the District’s Bullying Prohibition Policy (#514) and the Electronic Technologies Acceptable Use Policy (#524) or the guidelines stated in this document for care and use of the iPad may result in limited access to apps and services.
The iPad is the property of Lakeville Area Schools and as a result may be seized and reviewed at any time. The student should have NO expectation of privacy of materials found on an iPad.
Cameras and Microphone
The iPad comes equipped with audio and video recording capabilities through a built-in microphone and front and rear-facing cameras. All electronic recordings created with the device must comply with District Policies and State and Federal Laws.
Use of the device and any other devices with audio and video recording capabilities during instructional time is at the discretion of the teacher. In accordance with our Acceptable Use Policy (#524), teachers/staff will obtain permission before taking a photo/video of students and students must obtain permission from one another. Any electronic recordings obtained with the recording device are for instructional/educational purposes and individual use. Therefore, electronic recordings obtained with the device may not be shared, published or re-broadcasted for any reason by the student without permission. Furthermore, users of the device should be aware that State and Federal laws in many instances prohibit secret or surreptitious recording undertaken without the knowledge and consent of the person or persons being recorded. Violations of State and Federal recording laws may be reported to the proper authorities and may result in criminal prosecution.
Student safety is the number one concern for us as a district. The District Support Center for Information Technology takes all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our students. To this end, Lakeville Area Schools follows the Federal Communications Commission’s Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) laws regarding internet safety. In compliance with CIPA, Lakeville Area Schools filters or blocks internet access to obscene content, pornography, online gambling and other sites harmful to minors. Also in compliance with CIPA, Lakeville Area Schools incorporates the monitoring of the students’ internet access into our safety policies and protocols and provides opportunities for educating minors about appropriate online behavior.
Lakeville Area Schools has adopted a new web filtering solution specifically designed for schools. Securly provides both in-school and take-home filtering. It is through this system that the district is able to supervise, monitor and manage district-owned iPads. During the school day, students will be allowed to access instructional tools and resources. Families are encouraged to partner with us to support students in being good digital citizens.
Lakeville Area Schools recognizes that with the implementation of the iPad Initiative there is a need to protect the investment by both the District and the family. Therefore, Lakeville Area Schools has purchased AppleCare on each of the devices which allows for 2 repairs of accidental damage per year.
- If a device is damaged, it should be brought to the IMC immediately.
- If damage occurs while the student is off-campus, please submit a ticket to our Incident IQ ticketing system using our remote support ticket wizard.
- In case of an emergency, contact District tech support hotline at 952-232-3078
When a device is damaged and returned to the school for repair, the school will make every attempt to provide a replacement device to be issued in its place. It is not guaranteed that the school will have a replacement device for your use.
NEVER attempt to gain access to the internal electronics or repair a device yourself. If your device fails to work or is damaged, report the problem to the building technician as soon as possible. Do not take your device to any other retailer or repair shop. Device repair/replacement options will be determined by the District technology staff.
AppleCare provides coverage for accidental damage (drops/spills), cracked screens, theft, vandalism, fire, flood, natural disasters, and power surges due to lightning. AppleCare does not cover lost, stolen or damaged charging cords, or cases.
Lost, Stolen or Intentional Damage
If a device is lost, stolen or intentionally damaged, it will be the responsibility of the student’s family to pay for its replacement or repair. AppleCare does not cover loss, theft, intentional damage, carrying case or charging cords.
INTENTIONAL DAMAGE: Students/parents are responsible for full payment of intentional damages to devices. School District AppleCare DOES NOT cover intentional damage of the device.
- Student should notify their parent/guardian
- If loss/theft occurs while the student is off-campus, submit a ticket to our Incident IQ ticketing system using our remote support ticket wizard. In case of an emergency, contact District tech support hotline at 952-232-3078
- If device is lost at school, notify your Digital Learning Specialist (K-5) or Media Specialist (6-12).
- The District technician will try to locate the device using our district software
- It will be the responsibility of the student and family to recover or replace the lost/stolen device. If necessary, the District and the police will assist in recovery.
Replacement fees may be assessed for lost or intentionally damaged items. The replacement costs for damages and repair are reflected below:
- Replacement for iPad, case and charger. $408
- Damaged or broken screen. $150
- 3-12 Keyboard Case. $100
- K-2 Protective Case. $50
- iPad wall charger and cord. $38
Returning Your Device
Students who leave Lakeville Area Schools during the school year must return the device, along with any other accessories, at the time they leave. The device and all accessories should be returned to the IMC Staff.
Parent/Guardian Guide for Online Safety
A digital citizen is one who knows what is right and wrong, exhibits intelligent technology behavior, and makes good choices when using technology. Too often we see students, as well as adults misusing and abusing technology. The issue is more than what the users do not know but what is considered appropriate technology usage. It is our desire in Lakeville Area Schools to work with families to help educate children on how to be good digital citizens.
Intentional, frequent discussions with children of all ages are necessary and allow you to be proactive in protecting your child and further educating them. Experts warn that children are most vulnerable to online dangers while at home. Please note the following suggestions as they might be of assistance in further educating your child about appropriate use of technology including the device and home Internet use.
In alignment with the Lakeville Area Schools Electronic Technologies Acceptable Use Policy (#524) beyond school, parents must take responsibility for the use of technology and the Internet. As a parent, you are responsible for monitoring your child’s use of District-provided educational technology including District-issued email and cloud accounts as well as the Internet. This includes Internet use at home or any other remote location outside of school.
A Web filter is a program that can screen an incoming website to determine whether some or all of it should not be displayed to the user. A Web filter allows a school district or a family to block certain websites that may be offensive, profane, vulgar or harmful to students.
The Internet used at school is protected, as required by Federal Law, by a filtering service. School-owned iPads are protected through Securly. Securly is a filtering/compliance software that manages the iPad. While many potential dangers are filtered and blocked on the school’s wireless network and on school owned devices, children often have complete, unrestricted access to inappropriate sites at home.
It is important that families understand that school owned devices are filtered through the district internet even when used at home. If you have family owned devices, we strongly suggest installing software to filter and block inappropriate content on your home wireless network.
To learn more:
- visit www.commonsensemedia.org and search digital footprint.
- visit NetSmartz and select ‘Choose an issue’ (http://www.netsmartzkids.org/ or http://www.nsteens.org/)
Families can protect children while on their smartphones as well.
- http://www.imore.com/restrictions – for iPhone
- http://www.androidcentral.com/setting-kid-friendly-android-device – for Android
- https://www.bark.us/ – Monitor, detect, and sends alerts for 21 social media sites (paid for service)
- Circle – Monitor, detect, alert (paid for service)
Regularly share your expectations with your child about accessing only appropriate sites and content, as well as being a good person when online (even when parents aren’t watching). Understand that your child’s use of many technologies (such as computers, devices, iPads, video game systems, and cell phones) likely gives your teen the ability to connect to unfiltered public wireless networks (such as in a library or coffee shop, by picking up a neighbor’s wireless signal, or connecting to the Internet through a cell service). Therefore, it is important to maintain regular, open dialog about Internet use and access. Discuss your expectations for appropriate use and behavior.
Media Agreements are a resource and checklist that parents can use to guide conversations with their kids about media use. They are designed to help parents establish guidelines and expectations around media use and behavior that are right for their family. Some families are comfortable using them as signed agreements. Others refer to them to use simply as a checklist to guide conversations. Either way, they are a great way to help parents and kids get on the same page about media and technology use.
Take time to review the Family Media Agreements and discuss them with your child. Find more great tips and resources at Common Sense Media
Regularly check your child’s privacy settings on all commonly used sites and networks. Ignoring privacy settings on sites like Facebook means your teen’s photos, contact information, interests, and possibly even cell phone GPS location could be shared with more than a half-billion people. Remind your child:
- Anything they do or post online creates a digital record, often called a “Digital Footprint.” Nothing online is totally private, even if it is intended to be. Once digitized, it can be saved, sent and reposted elsewhere.
- A good rule of thumb: If you don’t want a parent, teacher, principal, future employer or college admissions office to know something, don’t post it online.
- “Friends” aren’t always who they say they are. Encourage your child to only be friends online with friends they know in person. Never give access to personal information to people met online.
- Never post personally identifiable information online. This includes: full name, address, phone number, email, where you are meeting friends or where you hang out. Discuss with your child how easy it is for someone to find you based on what you post online.
- Cyberbullying (threatening or harassing another individual through technology) is a growing concern for today’s youth. It takes many forms, such as forwarding a private email, photo, or text message for others to see, starting a rumor, or sending a threatening or aggressive message, often anonymously. Talk with your child about not partaking in this behavior and encourage them to report incidents of cyberbullying to an adult.
More helpful websites with Internet safety tips for parents: