Parents: FAQ About Rock Hill Schools Digital Conversion

What type of device will my child get?

Grades 3-8

Students in grades 3-8 will be able to use the iPad 2 in their classrooms. Coupled with digital resources secured by the district, including techbooks, apps,  and a powerful Learning Management System,  teachers are exploring new and exciting ways to meet the individual needs and learning styles of students.

iPads will be distributed during the first few weeks of school.  Parents of students in grades 3-8 who would like their child to take the iPad home must meet three requirements:

  1. The student’s may opt to purchase a Technology Protection Plan for $35.00. The protection plan will cover damage, malfunction, one-time screen breakage and one-time loss or theft replacement for one year. Families who are in crisis and cannot afford the $35 may submit an application to their school for assistance.  Instructions on submitting the application are part of the Mobile Computing Guide Signature pages located here.
  2. A parent or guardian must attend an orientation session on the district’s Mobile Computing Guide.  Orientation sessions will be held in each school, so please check your school’s website for dates and times. An online version of the orientation is located here. Records of attendance have been stored in PowerSchool, the district’s student information system.
  3. A parent or guardian must agree to and sign the terms set forth in the Personal Mobile Computing Guide.Updates to the mobile computing guide are available via this website.

Grades 9-12

As a result of the bond referendum passed in May, 2015; High School students will have access to an HP laptop. Coupled with digital resources secured by the district, including techbooks, apps,  and a powerful Learning Management System,  teachers are exploring new and exciting ways to meet the individual needs and learning styles of students.

Parents of students in grades 3-8 who would like their child to take the laptop home must meet three requirements:

  1. The student’s may opt to purchase a Technology Protection Plan for $35.00. The protection plan will cover damage, malfunction, one-time screen breakage and one-time loss or theft replacement for one year. Families who are in crisis and cannot afford the $35 may submit an application to their school for assistance.  Instructions on submitting the application are part of the Mobile Computing Guide Signature pages located here.
  2. A parent or guardian must attend an orientation session on the district’s Mobile Computing Guide.  Orientation sessions will be held in each school, so please check your school’s website for dates and times. An online version of the orientation is located here. Records of attendance have been stored in PowerSchool, the district’s student information system.
  3. A parent or guardian must agree to and sign the terms set forth in the Personal Mobile Computing Guide.Updates to the mobile computing guide are available via this website.

Kindergarten – Grade 3

iPads that were purchased for students in the fall 2013 will still be used.  There are not enough iPads for every child, so each elementary school will decide how the iPads will be used. Devices in grades K-3 will not go home, therefore parents of children in these grades need not pay the Technology Protection Plan nor attend the parent orientation.

How long will the orientation session last?

Orientation sessions are approximately 30 minutes in length.  School staff will outline best practices for use and care at both home and school.  Digital citizenship will also be emphasized.

If I have children enrolled in multiple schools, must I attend an orientation session at each location?

No.  Additional copies of the required signature pages will be available at each orientation session.  Be sure to sign one for each of your children.  We will then route signatures to their appropriate school/destination.

Payment for the Technology Protection Plan must be made at each school, but can be sent with your child.  Please make all checks payable to the Rock Hill School District.

I have attended a parent orientation in prior years.  Must I attend again?

Yes. As technology changes, the resources available to your child change too. The purpose of the orientation is to emphasize those changes and equip parents with tools to help their child in this digital age. The online version of this orientation is available here.

If I  signed the Mobile Computing Guide in prior years, need I do so again?

Yes.  Parents need to sign the Mobile Computing Guide once for each child.

Must I attend a parent orientation session if my child does not bring the device home?  What if we own our own device?

The parent orientation sessions are designed to be informative and useful to all parents, regardless of whether their child brings a device home or currently owns a device. Participation is encouraged for all families, but required of those where the device will go home.

My children attend an after-school program.   What should I tell the director?

The school district has attempted to make contact with the larger after school care providers in the area.  Many are excited and have expressed a desire to learn more on incorporating the device into their programs of study.

If your after school provider is not aware of the District’s Digital Conversion, there are two things you can do:  1.  Point them to this website for details and specific information on the 2015-2016 implementation  2.  Ask them to use the Contact Us link at the top of each page to submit questions or requests for assistance.

I would like to purchase an iPad/Laptop for my child instead of using a district device.  What considerations should I make?  

The school district is currently using the 16 GB iPad 2.  This version of the iPad is no longer available, but the iPad with Retina display is available at a similar price point.  While newer versions of the full sized iPad are acceptable, the iPad mini is not an approved device for most online assessments.

The district will provide a Griffin Survivor case to protect district-owned devices.  This case has been utilized in our demonstration classrooms and has proven to be very sturdy and reliable.

The school district is currently using the HP Elitebook 840. We cannot guarantee that all software purchased for these laptops will be available to personally purchased laptops, but will allow them to be used in the classroom as much as possible.

How are you going to teach children ethical use of these devices?

Our district has a long history of teaching safe and ethical practices in the use of electronic devices.  Our media specialists train both students and teachers in best practices related to internet safety, prevention of cyber-bullying, copyright,  etc.  The district has sponsored several parent workshops on these topics and will continue to provide training to students, teachers, parents and community members.

For parents who would like to educate themselves on the issues surrounding ethical technology use, there are a number of resources posted to this site.  To begin, access the Parents and Community menu at the top and choose Online Workshops on Parenting in the Digital Age.