NCSS to Loan Technology Devices to Students

NCSS to Loan Technology Devices to Students
Posted on 04/14/2020

Despite the closure of school campuses for the remainder of the school year, Newton County School System (NCSS) will continue to provide educational opportunities for students through digital learning. NCSS administrators are aware, however, that not all students and families have access to necessary technology to complete digital assignments.

As a result, the school district will work to provide families with students in grades K-12 access to Chromebook laptops and wireless internet hotspots for the remainder of the school year. It is expected that all borrowed devices will be returned to the school system; device collection will take place May 18-22. Additional information regarding device return will be forthcoming.

To determine the general need of devices, the district has created a form to collect information from NCSS parents and guardians. The form to determine the need for devices can be found at the following web link:

Application to Borrow Technology Device

Paper copies of the survey are also available at each NCSS school meal distribution program. In addition, those without online access may call 770-788-5291 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to request use of a device. All requests to borrow devices must be submitted by Friday, April 17, 2020.

According to NCSS Director of Technology and Media Services, Dr. Adam Phyall, this program will be conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The primary goal of the district is to ensure that every household that needs access to a device has the opportunity to borrow one from NCSS to finish out the school year.

The technology request form may be completed on any internet enabled device (laptop, tablet, cellphone, etc.) and the link will be shared on the school system’s website, individual school websites, and the district social media accounts. Notification of the form will also be shared via School Messenger. In addition, parents and guardians can complete a written survey at NCSS school lunch pickup locations as well.

“We will use the data collected from the online request form to set up appointment times for families to stop by and collect the devices,” said Phyall. “Following social distancing guidelines, the NCSS technology department will deploy the devices at each school location, beginning with high schools, then middle schools, followed by elementary.”

“Completion of the form does not guarantee that families will receive all the devices they have requested to borrow,” Phyall explained. “Once the request has been accepted and confirmed, parents will receive an email with the confirmation of their device pickup time, location, and Chromebook handbook contract. The Chromebook contract must be completed before receiving the device.”

In order to pick up a borrowed device, parents and guardians must:

  • Provide proof of identity at the time of appointment (military/government ID, driver’s license, passport.) Failure to provide identification will delay device deployment to a family

  • Complete the electronic contract at the time the device is requested.

“I appreciate the hard work of our teachers and leaders over the last three weeks as they have moved to a digital platform for learning,” said Samantha Fuhrey, superintendent of schools. “It is not an easy process to make this type of transition, especially almost overnight. The deployment of our Chromebooks and mobile hotspots for student use at home will help more students make the transition to using our online learning systems. The devices and hotspots will help ensure students who have a need for a Chromebook and/or Internet access for the remaining weeks of school will have access. It is critical that only parents whose student(s) have a need complete the online form.”

For more information about our technology program please email techsupport@newton.k12.ga.us.

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