Access to technology devices that connect to the internet can open doors to many educational opportunities outside the traditional school setting. Students who will be returning to school for the 2021-2022 school year may keep their assigned HCPSS devices over the summer. HCPSS encourages continued learning during the summer months by using devices to access HCPSS applications like Lexia and Dreambox, and to take advantage of online opportunities, such as those offered by the Howard County Library System.
It is important that parents and guardians continue to monitor their child’s device use and remind students of the expectations around proper care and usage, and any family agreed upon limitations. While the Chromebooks have an internet content filter installed, parents/guardians may find it helpful to review their child’s web browsing history to learn more about how the device is being used.
Families who do not wish to keep their student’s assigned device over the summer may return it to their child’s school or an HCPSS Technology Support Center. Schools will distribute devices at the start of the 2021-2022 school year to students who returned their devices or who are new to the school system.
Student Technology Support
Families can use the directions for connecting a Chromebook to Wi-Fi to connect a Chromebook to their home network. Students who forget their username or password can use the Account Self Service directions to retrieve their account credentials. A variety of common self-help resources can be found on the Student Technology Resources Canvas community. If you or your child has questions on how to use access instruction or is having technical issues, please email your child’s summer programs teacher or administrator.
Families should review the HCPSS Student Mobile Technology Duties and Obligations to learn more about the school system’s policies and guidelines that govern the devices. Should an HCPSS Chromebook become broken over the summer, students/parents should bring the broken device to an HCPSS Technology Support Center. A current list of sites and hours of operation can be found online.