For a third year, the Ankeny Community School District encourages all 5th through 11th grade students to keep their school-issued Chromebook over the summer! The Ankeny Summer Chromebook Program brings us closer to fulfilling our vision of “anytime, anywhere” learning. Keeping the same device from year-to-year also promotes student ownership and drastically reduces the amount of instructional time lost to collection and distribution of Chromebooks each year.
Students are encouraged to use their devices to pursue academic learning, hobbies, and other passions as long as those pursuits would be appropriate on a school-issued device. Examples include computer coding, audio-visual production, reading, writing, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities. High school students should also consider using summer months to research colleges and apply for scholarships.
Even if a student does not intend to use the device over the summer, we ask families to consider storing the device at home. Doing so guarantees that the student will have access to their Chromebook on the very first day of school and avoids potential delays during student registration and schedule pick-up. These devices do not require regular maintenance over the summer and can be safely stored on a shelf with the charger nearby.
All Chromebooks will continue to be filtered according to local, state, and federal policies and will remain the property of Ankeny Schools. Any damage to the devices will be repaired in the fall according to the current Technology Fine Schedule. Technical support is not available during the summer months.
A lost or stolen device should be reported immediately to Dr. Anne Lundquist, Chief Officer of Academic Services, by calling 515-289-8982 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Families who move over the summer can return their device(s) Monday-Friday between the hours of 7:30 AM and 3:30 PM to Ankeny District Office, 306 SW School Street.
No action is necessary to participate in the Summer Chromebook program. Students will simply keep their current device, charger, and case for the summer and return with them in the fall. Any student wishing to verify that they have the correct device before leaving for the summer should contact the school media center.
Students and families who choose not to keep their device over the summer may return the attached form to the media center. This information will be used to establish collection windows at each building, and the same device will be returned to the student in the fall of 2019 if it is not at the end of its three-year cycle.
Thank you for considering this opportunity and for supporting our efforts to provide a seamless technology experience for all Ankeny students and families. Please reach out to your building principal with any questions.