Does your student need a district assigned device or hotspot?
iPads, Chromebooks and Windows devices will be distributed at each school in the district. Schools will communicate the deployment dates directly with families.
If you have limited internet options, the district may be able to help in the form of a Verizon or T-Mobile hotspot checked out to the family. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if this is a support your family needs.
Students will be expected to bring their district-provided device to school, when school is in session and to use it during the school day at home to connect to synchronous and asynchronous remote learning resources. Students should make their best effort to take good care of the device, including keeping it safe when not in use, protecting the screen from scratches or cracks, and using the device only for appropriate academic use.
All student devices will be managed remotely and include filtering software to comply with the district’s obligations under the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). In addition to the required CIPA internet filtering, district account activity is monitored by a third party service called Gaggle. Gaggle looks for patterns in student use that might indicate safety or security issues and will alert district personnel to investigate further. Read more about Gaggle here: https://www.gaggle.net/frequently-asked-questions/.
Students in Kindergarten and first grade can be provided with a district-assigned iPad during remote learning. The iPads will be checked out by the school to the student and parent/guardian. More information on device checkout will be provided soon.
District iPads will be managed by the district and configured to support ease of use including the ClassLink Launchpad app.
If a family chooses to use a personal device, ClassLink can be accessed at https://launchpad.classlink.com/svsd410.
Students in Grades 2-5 can be provided with a district-assigned Chromebook. Chromebooks are designed for ease of use, and students will need to use district provided Google Account credentials to log onto these machines. The Chromebooks will be checked out by the school to the student and parent/guardian. More information on device checkout will be provided soon.
District Chromebooks will be managed by the district and configured to support ease of use including the ClassLink Launchpad at login, and the use of QR badges to login, making it easier for elementary students to access the device.
If a family chooses to use a personal device, ClassLink can be accessed at https://launchpad.classlink.com/svsd410
Students in grades 6-12 are provided Acer Spin Laptops running on Windows 10. These devices include access to district resources and digital inking technology. 6th graders will be provided their laptops directly by their school. More information will be provided soon.
New students in grades 6-12 will also be provided laptops by their school. Students leaving the district should return their laptops to their school, so they can be cleaned and reissued to another student.
District Windows computers are managed remotely and filtered on and off district networks.
Student District Account Information
Student usernames and account conventions follow a pattern. Passwords will be reset just prior to school beginning to the student’s Other ID number with two leading zeros, to make an 8-digit password. This will allow easier and predictable access to resources for our families, and it is a number that families can look up in Family Access.
Student account user names follow a unique naming convention with one of the following, depending on availability:
- Last name first initial @students.svsd410.org
- Last name first initial middle initial @students.svsd410.org
- Last name first name @students.svsd410.org
Web Filtering and Monitoring
As a condition of E-Rate funding, federal law requires filtering be in place in PreK-12 public schools to provide a measure of protection for students from Internet content that could be harmful to minors. Consequently, we enforce web filtering on district-provided student devices on and off our district network, including at home. Filtering is not a substitute for parental supervision.
Filtering works by categorizing websites and content on websites, and comparing against blocked categories on our filter to allow or block specific content. The ever changing nature and rate of posting of new content on the Internet means, in reality, no filter can categorize every site or every piece of content in real time. While we provide as safe an experience as possible for our students, it is possible the filter will not catch everything. This is where it is important for parents/guardians to talk to their students about what to do if they observe something that is not school appropriate and/or responsible use of district-provided resources. It is also why parent supervision continues to be important.
SVSD also uses Gaggle, a third party monitoring tool, to monitor student use for safety issues. In the event an issue is suspected, district personnel are alerted and will take appropriate action to investigate and engage proper resources to keep our student safe.