Kindergarten classes share touchscreen Chromebooks between two classes. These Chromebooks remain at school.
Grades 1-6 have a Chromebook cart in each classroom. Teachers assign Chromebooks to students; however, the Chromebooks will remain at school.
Students in grades 7-12 are issued a school Chromebook which they are expected to bring to every class. Students bring these devices home, and are expected to bring them to school every day, charged and ready to go for a full day of learning.
Chromebooks will be distributed to students on Open House night. After grade-level meetings, students will be able to pick up their assigned Chromebook.
If a student has an existing repair or replacement fee from last year, they will not receive a different Chromebook until those charges are resolved.
Parents can purchase the yearly Protection Plan for $25, which covers accidental breakage to the Chromebook. This Plan does NOT cover theft or loss of the Chromebook or charger.
Fergus Falls Public Schools uses GoGuardian, software designed to help teachers manage students' Chromebook usage in class. GoGuardian also filters the content categories that we are legally required to filter from students.
With GoGuardian, teachers are able to push content to students during their class sessions. They are also able to monitor student screens, close tabs, and provide assistance to students via chat.
GoGuardian has an app for parents that allows you to see your child's Chromebook history. Additionally, you can use the GoGuardian parent app to limit your child's access to specific websites outside of school hours (6am - 5pm). While you cannot override what is available to students during the school day (for instance, we make use of YouTube, so YouTube is open during the school hours), you can restrict sites like YouTube after school hours if you feel it's necessary.
For you to use the GoGuardian parent app, we need to collect some information from you. We need your name, email address, and your children's names and SCHOOL email addresses in order to configure your account.
Please complete this form to get started.
We will follow-up with an email that contains directions for getting started!
General Chromebook Tips
NOTHING NEEDS TO BE INSTALLED ON SCHOOL CHROMEBOOKS. Zoom is installed automatically when students sign in.
Student Chromebooks cannot be set up to print on home printers. To print, sign into your child's Google account from a home computer and print from there.
Student must use Google Chrome for classes. If using a family computer, you'll need to Download Chrome.
School Chromebooks are filtered when in use, whether at school or at home. However, NO FILTER IS PERFECT. If you'd like to provide additional filtering on your home network, we highly recommend OpenDNS, a free service.