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.
What is 1:1?
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.
Why is Frenship launching a 1:1 initiative?
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.
What type of device will my child receive?
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. As we implement the new 1:1 initiative, it may take several months for students to become familiar with the instructional programs and how to use their new devices. To ensure devices are being used effectively, laptops for grades 3 - 5 will remain at school for at least the second six weeks grading period. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your student's campus.
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.
When will my child receive the device?
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.
Can my child take the device home?
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: As we implement the new 1:1 initiative, it may take several months for students to become familiar with the instructional programs and how to use their new devices. To ensure devices are being used effectively, laptops for grades 3 - 5 will remain at school for at least the second six weeks grading period. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your student's campus.
6th – 12th Grade: Once the laptop is issued to the student, they will begin taking the device home every day.
Are WiFi hotspots provided?
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.
Do I have to pay for the device?
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.
My child’s device was lost, stolen, or damaged. What do I do?
What fees are associated with lost, stolen, or damaged devices?
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:
Fees Associated with Damaged iPads/Laptops:
Will content be filtered on the devices?
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.
Can my child use their personal device instead of the district-issued device?
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:
Student expectations for using personal devices: