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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are several frequently asked questions about the Frenship ISD 1:1 technology initiative. More detailed information can be found in the Frenship ISD Parent and Student 1:1 Technology Guide at the bottom of this page.

Starting with the 2021-2022 school year, Frenship ISD will provide every student across the district with a technology device to use throughout the school year. This 1:1 technology initiative helps ensure all students will have access to technology and digital resources.

Digital equity is important to us. By going 1:1, Frenship is ensuring all students have access to technology and digital resources. It opens opportunities for students to have digital tools at their fingertips to explore, research, and learn anywhere at any time.

The 1:1 model allows teachers to be flexible and creative with their lessons. With each child having their own device in the classroom, teachers can create a more personalized learning environment that engages the students and produces faster feedback.

Incorporating technology on a regular basis and increasing digital literacy also ensures our Tigers are future-ready learners, ready to tackle the ever-changing world of technology.

Pre-Kindergarten – 2nd Grade: Students will be issued an iPad, charger, and iPad case. The iPads will remain in the classroom and will not be taken home by the students.

3rd – 5th Grade: Students will be issued a Windows laptop and charger. Laptops will remain at school for the first six weeks while students learn to navigate the devices and instructional programs. After the first six weeks, students will take their laptops home every day.

6th – 12th Grade: Students will be issued a Windows laptop and charger. Once the laptop is issued to the student, they will begin taking the device home every day.

This is Frenship ISD’s first year to deploy devices to all 10,700+ students across this district. Campuses will begin issuing the devices to students on a staggered schedule, and some parents may begin to see devices as early as August 23. We appreciate your patience as we work through the details.

Students will be required to return the devices at the end of the school year.

Pre-Kindergarten – 2nd Grade: The iPads will remain in the classroom and will not be taken home by the students. Extenuating circumstances may arise in which a student enrolled in pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade may need to take his/her assigned iPad home. Campus administration may approve students taking home the iPads on a case-by-case basis.

3rd – 5th Grade: Laptops will remain at school for the first six weeks while students learn to navigate the devices and instructional programs. After the first six weeks, students will take their laptops home every day.

6th – 12th Grade: Once the laptop is issued to the student, they will begin taking the device home every day.

Students in 3rd – 12th grade may take home their laptops. WiFi hotspots may be issued to a student on a need basis. Please contact your child’s teacher or campus if you need to request a hotspot.

Students will be issued a device at no cost. The student will be able to use the device throughout the school year, but the device must be returned prior to the summer break.

Parents are responsible for paying fees associated with lost, stolen, or damaged devices.

If your child's device is lost, stolen, or damaged, please contact your child's campus. 
 
  • Students/parents are required to report a lost or stolen device/charger within five (5) business days after the occurrence.
  • Parents must report stolen devices to the local police and provide a copy of the police report to the campus administrator within five (5) business days after the occurrence.

Prior to device deployment, parents and students must sign the "Frenship ISD Student/Parent 1:1 Use Agreement" form to acknowledge and consent to pay any identified replacement fees for lost or broken items. For students who qualify for the National School Lunch and Child Nutrition Program, the fee will be reduced accordingly.

Parents/students have two options to pay fees:

      • Pay in person with cash or check at the student's campus
      • Pay online through My School Bucks
      • If at any time your family faces a financial hardship that does not allow you to pay for the fees, please contact your student's campus principal.
 

Fees Associated with Damaged iPads/Laptops:

      • 1st Repair: No Cost
      • 2nd Repair: $15
      • 3rd Repair: Full cost of the Device (Full cost of device may vary depending on the type of device and age of device.)
 

 Replacement Fees:

      • iPad charging cable: $20
      • iPad charging wall adapter: $20
      • iPad case: $30
      • Windows laptop charging cable: $25

Yes. Frenship ISD uses a content filter to block inappropriate websites while students are working online both in school and outside of school on the devices. However, no filter is 100% effective at blocking questionable content on the internet. This is why Frenship ISD believes in the importance of teaching students digital citizenship and internet safety. Click here for more information on Frenship’s Digital Citizenship curriculum.

Frenship ISD strongly recommends students use the district-issued device in order for the district to provide the most comprehensive technical support.

Students may use a personal device in place of a district-issued iPad or Windows laptop. However, there are limitations to using a personal device including:

  • Troubleshooting and support may be limited on personal devices.
  • Students may experience delays in the provisioning of personal devices.
  • Students may experience compatibility issues with access digital resources and programs.
  • Students will not be permitted to take tests on personal devices. All testing, if done on a device, must be done on a district-issued device.
 

Student expectations for using personal devices:

  • Students must adhere to their teacher's expectation of device use in the classroom.
  • Devices should be charged prior to arrival at school.
  • Students with personal devices must use the district wireless network and not cellular data. This ensures the internet access on the device is filtered while at a Frenship campus.
  • Personal devices should only be used for instructional purposes while at school.
  • Students with personal devices must adhere to Frenship ISD guidelines outlining appropriate use of technology and digital resources.
  • Students are responsible for personal property brought to school and should keep personal items secure or in a locked space.
  • Frenship ISD is not responsible for any damaged, lost, or stolen personal devices.

Parent and Student 1:1 Technology Guide