Why 21st Century Learning and One-to-One Laptops?
Laptop Rules and Guidelines
Internet Away From School
Table of Contents
This handbook is for all one-to-one parents and students. However, references to insurance or laptop use at home do not apply to 3rd and 4th grade students as their laptops will remain at school.
Supporting Online Safety
Behavior and Discipline
Technology Support and Troubleshooting
Students learn key technology skills including the ability to navigate the digital landscape and produce digital works.
Digital content resources and tools enhance experiences to create an engaging and meaningful learning environment.
More Information on the Department of Instructional Technology Webpage!
The International Society for Technology in Educations (ISTE) Standards guide learning and highlight essential skills.
Why 21st Century Learning and One-To-One laptops?
We are excited to offer your student the opportunity to use a Park Hill School District issued laptop to enhance their academic experience. This handbook highlights key information about our program and the responsibilities of both students and parents/guardians.
Technology tools are used to support curricular objectives by providing students and teachers with resources to improve academic success.
11.6 inch High Definition LED Slim Touchscreen
360° articulating hinges for multiple modes of use: Laptop, Tablet, Tent, and Stand
Made with Gorilla Glass, industrial rubber, and a pick- and minor spill-resistant keyboard for maximum durability.
HP ProBook 360
Park Hill teachers use a variety of digital resources to enhance learning in the classroom: media creation tools like Canva and LucidPress, collaboration tools like Google G-Suite, Lino, and Padlet, math and science programs, and many online flashcards, quizzes, and assessments tools.
The Department of Technology reviews these resources carefully to ensure they align with data safety requirements and will protect your student's privacy. A full list of applications approved for use in the classroom can be found on our website. Various applications are used at the teacher's discretion, so please speak with your child's teacher if you have any questions about these resources.
Thanks to grants from Sprint ConnectEd and the 1Million Project, we are able to provide wireless hotspots to many students who don't have internet access at home. Hotspots ensure all students can use their One-to-One laptops to their full potential. Textbooks, homework assignments, group projects, grades, and many educational resources live online - it is essential that students are able to access these while away from school.
Secondary students may apply for a wireless hotspot through their building's technology office, and 5th grade students may apply through their teacher. If approved, the student will have use of the device for the entire school year.
Software, Applications, and Web-based resources
We recommend parents/guardians develop
a laptop care plan that addresses the following:
Use of laptop in common areas
A safe storage location for charging
Guidelines for web activity
Sharing of student passwords with parents only
Conversation about student's digital work
Although student internet activity is still filtered while away from school, the parent/guardian is responsible for monitoring student use of the laptop. While at school, teachers will address positive digital citizenship behaviors. Parents can reinforce these behaviors by participating with their student's use of the laptop.
Acceptable Use Policy
The Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) describes district expectations for student conduct with district-issued devices. It is signed by parents/guardians when they enroll their student(s) and each year during the Online Verification and Residency process. Students also sign this policy during the first week of school.
A copy of the AUP can be found on the Park Hill website under Parent Resources > Student Technology.
The parent/guardian is responsible for the cost of repair or replacement if a laptop or its accessories are damaged, not returned, lost, or stolen.
The district is providing parents/guardians the opportunity to purchase optional insurance to limit the out-of-pocket cost to repair or replace damaged laptops. The details of this can be found in the Optional Insurance portion of this handbook (pg 14).
Monitoring Student Use Off Campus
The Internet is a critical resource for student learning. Park Hill School District has enabled a robust Barracuda Internet filter on all laptops to help protect students from harmful or inappropriate material. This filter works both at school and away from school to help ensure our students have safe Internet access no matter where they are.
Student laptop use is monitored and all online activity is tracked. However, Internet filters and monitoring are not perfect, so it is important that parents/guardians are involved in their students digital activities and talk to them about the risks and rewards of Internet use.
Students should notify a teacher or school official immediately if they come across information, images, or messages that are inappropriate, dangerous, threatening, or make them feel uncomfortable.
Please note that our web filter is district wide and we are unable to block or unblock sites for specific students. If you are having trouble with a student using an unblocked site inappropriately, please speak with your student's teachers and school administration.
General Blocked Content:
Sites that include material deemed extremely offensive, obscene, adult content, hateful, pornographic, tasteless or violent.
Web-based messaging and chats which are not monitored by the school district.
Sites that may promote hacking, phishing, spam, viruses, spyware or any other malicious or suspicious content.
Non-educational game playing and game media.
Sites promoting criminal activity, gambling, illegal drugs and illegal software.
laptop Use Guidelines
All laptop use must follow expectations as outlined in the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).
Students will use appropriate language in all digital products and communities.
Students will follow Internet use guidelines as outlined in Board Policy EHB and Regulation EHB-R.
Students will not use screensavers, backgrounds and/or pictures with offensive language and/or materials.
Students will not loan their laptop or charging cords to other individuals.
Students will not be permitted to install software.
Students will follow all directions given by the teacher regarding laptop use.
Student laptops are tagged with inventory numbers stickers and other district labels. Under no circumstances are students to modify, remove or destroy these labels or etchings.
Students leaving the district must return their laptop and accessories to their building technology office or front office staff by their last day. Unreturned items will be considered lost/stolen (see page 13).
Digital Security Guidelines
Students will keep all login information and passwords private, unless shared with a parent/guardian.
Students will not use other students' passwords or computers which are logged in under another student's name.
Students will not develop or use programs to harass others, hack, bring in viruses or change other individual’s files.
Students will not provide personal information to anyone online without the permission of a teacher/parent/guardian.
Students who identify or know about a security problem are expected to convey the details to their teacher without discussing it with other students.
Your student should keep their laptop in the protective case provided when the laptop is not being used.
Laptops should not be left unattended in a vehicle.
Food and drink should not be consumed around the laptop.
Students will not deface the laptop, protective case, or accessories in any way. This includes, but is not limited to, marking, painting, or drawing on any surface, attaching stickers, or removing and/or damaging official district labels. Only school approved and distributed stickers are permitted.
Laptops should be cleaned regularly when powered off with a soft cloth and electronic cleaning spray. Do not spray anything directly onto the laptop.
The protective case provided should be kept clean.
Students will not tamper with the hardware or software, disassemble any part of the laptop, or attempt any repairs.
Items of any kind should not be piled on top of the student's laptop.
The laptop should be kept away from extreme temperatures, small children, and pets.
During school hours, students must have permission of a teacher before accessing games, music/video streaming sites, social media, or any other non-academic activities.
Care of Laptops at School
Never leave the laptop flat on the bottom of the locker.
Never pile things on top of the laptop.
Never leave the locker set to open without entering the entire combination.
Never set the laptop on the floor.
Ensure the laptop is closed when carrying and sleeved when not in use.
laptop Use at School
laptop Use Away from School
Student use of district devices away from school, for educational or non-educational purposes, is left to the discretion of the parents. However, students are still expected to behave in accordance with the guidelines of the Acceptable Use Policy.
Care of laptop away from school
Charge the laptop fully each night
Use the laptop in a common area of the house
Store the laptop in its protective sleeve on a desk or table, never on the floor
Keep it away from food, drink, siblings and pets
Students traveling on a school bus for a district-related activity may use their laptop if permitted by the supervising adult.
If the issue cannot be resolved and is impacting learning, contact technology staff:
Secondary students may visit a Technology Support Specialist in their school's technology office.
Elementary students should bring the laptop to their teacher.
Students and teachers can enter a Help Desk ticket at http://helpdesk.parkhill.k12.mo.us. A Technology Support Specialist will contact the ticket submitter promptly to resolve the issue.
Students should attempt to troubleshoot on their own - depending on the issue, they may need close and restart a program, disconnect and reconnect to the Internet, restart the laptop, or plug it into a charger.
Visit with classmates and/or teachers to see if they are having the same issue or if they can help resolve the issue.
Students should never attempt physical repairs or modifications to the laptop.
Click the Wi-Fi icon in the lower right corner of your screen (on the status bar). It may be between the battery and sound icons.
Select the Wi-Fi network name you would like to connect to.
Check "Connect Automatically" and click Connect.
If the Wi-Fi network is password protected, enter the password when prompted.
Public Internet Access
Some providers offer lower-cost Internet service to low income families. Details and eligibility requirements are at the links below.
$10 / month / 10 Mbps
data limits apply
$15 / month / 25 Mbps
no data limit
$14.99 / month / 30 Mbps
no data limit
iNTERNET aWAY fROM sCHOOL
Free public Wi-Fi is available in many coffeeshops, retail stores, and community spaces such as libraries. We encourage students to use discretion when utilizing free public wifi, as these networks are not secure and sensitive data could be monitored or compromised.
A limited number of free wireless hotspots are available for families who are unable to provide Internet access for their student(s) at home. Please contact the Department of Technology for more information.
Connecting Off Campus
One exceptional benefit of the One-to-One program is that students are able work on homework and projects at any time with full access to our digital learning resources. Even when not connected to a Park Hill network, student activity on district-issued devices is monitored and the Barracuda web filter blocks inappropriate sites and content. However, we cannot guarantee the security or quality of networks outside of Park Hill.
Stolen or Lost Laptops
In the event a laptop is stolen, the student or parent/guardian must report it to the school immediately. A police report must be filed and a copy of the report must be provided to the school by the student or parent/guardian within five school days.
Stolen laptops will be subject to a $150 deductible per device for parents/guardians who accepted the optional insurance coverage. The full replacement cost will be assessed for those who denied the optional insurance coverage, or if no police report is provided to the school.
If there is not clear evidence of theft, or the equipment has been lost due to negligence, the student and parent will be responsible for the full cost of replacement.
Students and Parent/Guardians are responsible for damages to district laptops. Repair fees and other costs may be assessed to the student account. We offer optional insurance to help mitigate the cost of any damage repairs (see pg 14).
Damages to district devices must be reported within two school days. Technology staff will conduct periodic inspections to ensure no damage is unreported. Incidents that occur at school involving multiple parties will be investigated by building administration to determine fault.
If a laptop is damaged beyond repair, a $150 deductible per device will apply for parents/guardians who accepted the optional insurance coverage. The full replacement cost will be assessed for those who denied the optional insurance coverage.
Insurance Costs & Benefits
Optional Annual Insurance
$50 premium for full year coverage
$25 for free and reduced program participants
The premium must be paid within 30 days of the first day of school or coverage will not be granted.
Claims and Deductibles
$50 deductible per damage incident
$150 deductible for stolen* or irreparably damaged laptop
Items Below Insurance Deductible
(charged at cost)
$20 charger/power adapter
$20 protective sleeve/case
Items Not Covered by Insurance
Damage as a result of any dishonest, fraudulent, malicious or criminal acts, or any use not in accordance with district policies and procedures
Additional loss due to failure to protect laptop from further harm after damage occurs
Disappearance of laptop not reported to law enforcement
Failure to return a laptop or accessories at school end or after leaving the district
$25 fee for removal/damage to official labels or asset tags
$25 cleaning fee for laptops that have been drawn, painted, or marked on, defaced, or had unapproved stickers attached. Official school approved stickers are acceptable.
*An official police report must be filed and provided to the school. Insurance does not cover laptops that are simply lost due to negligence.
HP Pro Book x360 - 5th-12th Grade
Full Replacement Cost: $500
Track Pad Button Board
Touch Display Screen
* For laptops that have been drawn, painted, or marked on, defaced, or had unapproved stickers attached
Damage Costs Without Insurance
If you decline to purchase the optional insurance, you will be responsible for the total cost of the repair or replacement of the laptop in the event that damage occurs. These charts show the most common repairs and their potential cost; they are not representative of all possible damages or costs. All prices are subject to change.
Policies and regulations are based on the authority granted to the Park Hill School District under Missouri Statutes and other applicable laws.
Violations of these discipline rules may also constitute violations of law and create legal liability for students and/or parents/guardians. Board policy, student discipline and guidelines for consequences of policy violations are provided in the discipline section of the aforementioned Parent/Student Handbook.
Here are some examples of tech-related behavior violations and equivalent “traditional” classroom violations.
Student devices and online activities are monitored. Student laptops remain property of the Park Hill School District and can be confiscated and searched without prior notice to the student, parent or guardian. Building administration enforces board policies and those set forth in the student handbook.
Tech-related Behavior Violations
Equivalent “Traditional” Violations
Inappropriate use of email, instant messaging, internet surfing or computer games
Passing notes, looking at magazines, games (off-task behavior)
Missing case, smart stylus
No binder/missing supplies
Cutting and pasting without citing sources (Plagiarism)
Damaging, defacing, or endangering laptop or accessories
Vandalism or damage to school property damage
Using profanity, cursing or inappropriate language in digital space
Using profanity, cursing or inappropriate language in a physical space
Accessing pornographic material or other inappropriate content online.
Bringing pornographic or other inappropriate content to school in print form
Using accounts or resources that are not authorized for the student
Taking or receiving property of the school district or others without authorization
All rules relating to discipline are established by the Park Hill School District board policies and regulations and can be found in the Parent/Student Handbook at http://www.parkhill.k12.mo.us/parent_resources/parent-student_handbook.
Behavior and Discipline
Illicit Photos / Videos
Some students have been found using district technology to share partially nude or naked photos and videos of themselves with other students. Many do not realize this constitutes the creation and distribution of child pornography.
In addition to severe discipline from the school administration, which may include detention, suspension, or expulsion, students who create, share, or save such images or video may be subjected to legal action and even charged with a felony.
You can find more information about this in the Parent/Student Handbook or speak with your school administration. We encourage all parents to monitor their children's activities and to speak frankly with their children about appropriate uses of technology and the potential risks of misuse.
These behaviors are unique to the digital environment without a “traditional” behavioral equivalent. If you are unsure if a specific behavior constitutes a violation, please consult the Acceptable Use Policy, Park Hill Parent/Student Handbook, and/or Board Policy EHB and EHB-R.
Violations Unique to Technology
Chronic, tech-related behavior violations (see previous page)
Making use of the electronic resources in a manner that serves to disrupt the use of the network by others
Unauthorized downloading or installing of software, including proxy servers or plug-ins that attempt to bypass the the Internet filter
Attempting to defeat or bypass the district’s Internet filter by any other means
Modification to district browser settings or any other techniques to avoid being blocked from inappropriate content or to conceal Internet activity
Accessing or using files dangerous to the integrity of the network
Use of a laptop or other device to record, create, publish or display private, confidential, or inappropriate materials
Use of district resources to email, instant message, video conference, digitally publish, or communicate electronically for purposes unrelated to school and/or communications that include inappropriate content
Park Hill School District
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