Leander ISD will begin distributing Chromebook laptops to elementary school students over three days beginning April 7, according to a news release.
The laptop computers will have content filtering software to keep students safe in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, according to LISD.
Because the district does not have enough computers for every elementary student, LISD asks families to take a laptop only if they do not have a personal computer the student can use at home.
“Because we do not have enough devices to distribute to every elementary student in LISD, we are respectfully requesting that families utilize resources at home if at all possible,” the release said. “This will allow us to better serve our families who do not currently have devices for their students.”
The laptops are on loan from the district and will have to be returned to LISD in the future.
Here is the Chromebook distribution schedule:
- 8:30-11:30 a.m.: Akin, Parkside, Rutledge, Regan, River Ridge
- 1:30-4:30 p.m.: Naumann, River Place
- 8:30-11:30 a.m.: Larkspur, Knowles, Faubion, Whitestone, Grandview
- 1:30-4:30 p.m.: Bagdad, Camacho, Reed, Pleasant Hill, Cypress
- 8:30-11:30 a.m.: Plain, Block House Creek, Westside, Mason, Bush
One or two lanes will be open at each campus so that parents can drive up to get their child’s computer. Parents need to write this information on a sheet of paper and place it on their dashboard:
- printed first and last name of parent/guardian;
- printed first and last name of student;
- grade of student; and
- student identification number, if available.
Two internet service providers are providing 60-day free trials to homes that lack internet access, according to LISD.
For district families that currently lack internet access, LISD spokesperson Corey Ryan said the district also uses phone calls and text messages in English and Spanish to alert families. LISD is also using mobile apps that allow teachers to call parents and students without sharing personal cell phone numbers.
Families that have difficulties with their Chromebooks may submit a help ticket online at http://servicemanager.leanderisd.org or call 512-570-0566.