Device FAQs for Online Learning

WHPS Tech Tip

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A key ingredient to the success of this plan is student access to a device (computer, laptop, ipad). It is important to note that learning plans are asynchronous, which is to say that teachers will not simply be live-streaming daily instruction. Students and families should be able to access the learning materials anywhere and anytime. In support of that effort, this week and in the days ahead, we will have devices available for sign-out at various locations.

Students can still use their own personally owned devices (Chromebooks, Windows-based devices, iPads, etc) for online schooling. Chromebook loaners are intended for families in need of a device. WHPS is using device-neutral products (Google Meets, Google Classroom, Zoom, etc) that work with iOS devices.

Do I need to come pick up a device?

If you have a desktop or laptop computer/tablet/iPad that your child can access at some point during the day, you do not need a loaner device. Even if you have multiple children, you may not need multiple devices if they are able to share throughout the day. We do want to prioritize by need, so if you have multiple devices at home, we would ask that you try this first week of school and determine if you truly have a need.

Does my PK-2nd grade student need a device?

In the primary grades, we will need to rely on an adult caregiver to read over the learning plan. There may be some video or audio segments to share with a child, however, if the adult has a device, the child will not require one.

What type of devices are available?

The majority of school devices are chromebooks. These devices operate like laptops but require a school account to operate. Thus, these devices are only appropriate for students in grades 3 and up.

Who can borrow a device?

Devices are for WHPS students and require a WHPS user account. Loaner devices are intended for students who do not have personal devices. We ask that the community only request a loaner if there is a legitimate need. Devices cannot be used by anyone without a registered account. Students under age 18 in need of a device will need a parent to sign for the equipment at the time of pick up.

What if we have no device at all in the home and a student in grades PK-2?

Parents who lack any device will want one to support their student and should call the principal. In the short term, we have paper copies of supplemental learning material available until we coordinate an appropriate technology solution.