We are looking forward to the start of a new school year! While some school districts are only beginning to deploy mobile devices to learners, we are entering our fifth year of utilizing iPads in a 1:1 ratio to better personalize learning opportunities for students.
More than half of eligible students opted to check out their iPads for the summer! Students who participated in our first optional summer iPad checkout already completed and agreed to the terms of the district 2016-17 iPad Loan Agreement using our FeePay system. These students are set for the 2016-17 school year and may simply bring their issued iPad with them for the first day of school!
Below you will find general information for families with students new to taking an iPad home and/or parents of students checking out their same iPads again this fall. You should have received school-specific information from school principals regarding iPad deployments for students that take iPads home. If you have more specific questions, please contact your school directly.
General iPad Information
iPad Loan Agreement:
The 2016-17 iPad Loan Agreement is available for review in both English and Spanish. Please know that families and students must agree with the terms before an iPad can be issued. The terms of the iPad Loan Agreement have been updated for the 2016-17 school year. Please read closely before completing the agreement.
Once again, we will use the district FeePay portal to document the acceptance of terms and allow families the option of enrolling in or electing to waive the iPad Protection Plan. FeePay is used by Farmington Area Public Schools for managing electronic program enrollment and paying online. If you do not already have a FeePay account, you will need to create one and add family member relationships to your account. Please have your student ID number ready before creating an account. It is necessary to associate your child(ren) with your account. Student ID numbers can be found on District report card information. If you have created a Family Web Access account to see student grades and schedules online, the "student number” (Student ID) is available when logged into your Family Web Access account. Students may also know their student ID.
With new iPad management tools and the “Self Service” app, Apple IDs are no longer required for the school district to provide apps for our learners. However, Apple IDs are still required for access to the App Store and downloading apps of individual interest, accessing one’s “purchased” app history, and using Apple’s iCloud features. Some students already have an Apple ID. The school district does not have record or access to Apple IDs and passwords. If you need help in recovering an Apple ID password please see Apple’s support page for forgotten passwords (https://iforgot.apple.com/) or additional Apple ID support issues (http://www.apple.com/support/appleid).
Students Under 13 NEW to Taking iPads Home This Year (typically 3rd or 4th graders):
As mentioned above Apple IDs are no longer required for us to issue district apps to student iPads. However, Apple ID's are still needed to download apps of individual interest from the app store and use iCloud functions. Parents/Guardians may create Apple IDs for children under the age of 13. If interested in creating an Apple ID for children under the age of 13, please see Apple's resource: "Family Sharing" function and creating an Apple ID for your child. This link along with other helpful information is listed on our district iPad Loan FAQ page.
Separate K-5 and 6-8 App Groups (Instead of our previous K-8 group)
With the increased deployment of mobile devices for students nationwide, educational apps and app ratings have also evolved. The availability of apps for our elementary schools this year will be limited to apps with a rating of 9+ or lower. Our middle schools will continue to have an app availability of 12+ and lower. As an example, “PicCollage” (12+ rating) has been an app used in elementary through high school to arrange text, stamps, and pictures from the camera roll. This year it will no longer run on elementary iPads. Instead, elementary students will now use the newer “PicCollage for Kids” (4+ rating) app for these same types of functions designed to accommodate a younger user. Please keep these new app groups in mind as you provide guidance for your child if using the App Store.
iPad Protection Plan for the Regular 2016-17 School Year:
For students to leverage the use of the iPad for learning, basic care of the device is needed. We do understand that accidents can happen. Through FeePay, we are offering the iPad Protection Plan for the “regular school year.” Those that opted to check out iPads for the summer and enroll in the “full year” version of the iPad Protection Plan are already covered for the 2016-17 school year.
Please note that due to newer equipment and increased costs for repair, the iPad Protection Plan has co-payments for non-warranty repairs beyond the first instance. Please read the iPad Loan Agreement for full details. As a reminder, the optional iPad Protection Plan does not cover intentional damage, lost iPads –OR– stolen, lost or damaged charging cables, power adapters, or cases.
Thank you in advance for your time as well as assistance in reviewing and agreeing to the iPad Loan Agreement terms and helping us make sure our check out of iPads for 2016-17 goes smoothly. Your ongoing support is most appreciated!