After review of several devices, Chromebooks were selected after being used in
LTHS pilot programs and our technology department studied current use in otherschool districts.
Chromebooks are less expensive than Windows laptops and Windows laptops vary
in cost depending on how the machine is configured. Chromebooks range from $250
to $300. School District 205 will be paying for the initial purchase of theChromebooks.
Students and parents will be responsible for the Chromebooks once they are
assigned to a student just as they are responsible for the cost of lost and stolen
textbooks. The district is offering several insurance options that families can purchase to
protect the device. Please click on the insurance document link to learn more.
Yes. Just like textbooks, students will need to use the Chromebooks at home to fully
engage in the curriculum.
The district will support broken devices and have loaner devices available when a
student's regular machine is not working.
Yes, students will still receive textbooks in some classes. Students can expect
fewer textbooks in the upcoming years, however, as LTHS expands its
implementation of instructional technology. Students will be using a blend of textbooks, handouts, electronic instruction and other resources in the district’s coursework.
Freshmen instruction will include Digital Pathways, which is a revision of our former
Tech Survey Program. Digital Pathways focuses on digital citizenship, 21st Century
skills and career explorations for our freshman students.
The district’s filtering software works on school property. LTHS maintains a content
filter and firewall for all Internet-enabled computers and equipment.
With teacher approval, students may bring their own devices. The personal device,
however, will not be supported by the district.
Yes, students will have access to the school’s wireless network. The district’s
content filtering system includes personal devices.
Parents can call their internet provider and inquire about setting up content filtering.
You can also use other sources that allow parents to control what sites can be seen
at home for all devices such as Open DNS.
While the Chromebook and other devices can be equipped with off-line apps that
can be used when the device is not connected to the Internet, there will be some
projects and assignments that do require internet access.
Wi-Fi access is available to students in the media center before and after school.
Students also can use community access points, such as public libraries and local
Yes, high speed Internet access can be purchased for families qualifying for
free/reduced lunch through Comcast for $9.95 per month. Please visit
www.InternetEssentials.com to learn more.
No. These devices will be an integral part of classroom instruction, and without a device,
students would be unable to participate fully in classroom activities and