Technology at Clarendon CISD
As part of Clarendon CISD's ongoing efforts to provide all the tools necessary to prepare our students for excelling in the 21st century, a 1-to-1 MacBook program has been initiated. Students in grades 6-12 are issued a MacBook computer and students in grades 4-5 have been issued Chromebooks. Students in grades Pre-K - 3 have access to Chromebooks via two mobile laptop carts.
Teacher training is a major component of this initiative. Teachers continuously have several training opportunities within the district and outside the district.
Links and Forms
MacBook Protection Agreement (6-12)
Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be costs involved in obtaining a laptop for take-home use?
With such a large investment, the school is doing everything it can to ensure that the computers remain in good working order for as long as possible. A warranty was purchased along with the laptops which will cover defects in materials or workmanship that are not a result of misuse or abuse. This type of repair will be done at no cost to the district.
When each laptop is issued, a non-refundable $40 maintenance fee will be collected from the student to help pay for repairs not covered by the warranty. This fee will be due annually.
For repairs that are required due to accidents, etc, there will be a deductible fee. The first time a computer is damaged, there will be a $250 deductible for the parent/responsible party. The second time, there will be a $250 deductible. If there is a third or subsequent time, the full-cost of the repair or the cost of the computer will be due and take-home privileges will be suspended until all costs are paid and a decision is made about the student's further use of the equipment.
Will I have the same laptop year after year?
The answer is yes. Laptops will be on a 4-5 year refresh rate, and you will be responsible for your laptop for that entire time. So take care of it.
What if I already have another type of laptop, can I bring it to school?
You will be required to use the school-issued laptop. This is necessary to ensure that you have a computer that gives you network capability with our school's network and that it is filtered through our school's filtering program.
Can I use the laptop during the summer?
All laptops will be collected at the end of the school year for general maintenance, cleaning, and software installation purposes. Students will receive their laptops again at the beginning of the next school year.
What about insurance against theft or breakage through carelessness?
Your laptop computer will be portable and very valuable, making it an attractive target for thieves. Therefore, the above-mentioned $40 maintenance fee is mandatory. The best insurance is to take care of your laptop. Do not leave your laptop in the building, classroom, car, or anywhere else unattended.
Can I load software on the laptop myself?
All software has to be approved by the CISD Technology staff and must be installed by them. We must keep accurate records of software licensing and must insure that all programs are compatible with the laptops.
Are the files on my laptop private?
Understand that the laptop you will be issued is still school property. You are being loaned the computer for educational use. We understand that students will also use the laptops for personal things. However, keep in mind that the laptop is subject to school inspection at any time, and violations of school policy regarding objectionable data, pictures, etc will be dealt with as discipline issues and may lead to a loss of take-home privileges.
Also, while at school and connected to the school's network, certain school personnel will have the ability to view the desktop of all laptops, to freeze that screen if necessary for proof of infractions, or take over function of that computer remotely. This is done to ensure that students are indeed using the laptops at school for educational use and are following instructions of teachers.