Does the school provide a computer?

Yes. While the rapid pace of computer technology guarantees that more advanced units will be available before you graduate, your unit will be powerful enough for your classroom work throughout your career at MHS. The school currently provides a Chromebook to all high school students, middle school students, and elementary school students. 

Can I bring my own device?

You will be required to use the school district issued computer for school purposes. This is necessary to ensure that you have a computer that gives you network capability and the ability to run the software that you will need in your courses. The Madison Central School District is also limited to provide maintenance service or assistance for only the school-issued computer.

Can I have my computer this summer?

No. All computers will be collected at the end of the school year for general maintenance, cleaning, and software installation purposes. Students will receive their computers again on the first day of classes. Before receiving a school-issued computer all students must complete the necessary forms and have insurance. Under certain circumstances, with the approval of the Principal and Technology Department, students may utilize their device until completion of their summer course. 

What about insurance against theft or breakage?

Your computer is very portable and very valuable, making it an attractive target for thieves. The Madison School District Protection Plan does not cover breakage through carelessness, only theft, and accidents. You will be responsible for paying the deductible of each breakage. Prices can be found in the MHS Technology Procedures and Policies handbook located on the high school website in the menu under the students' header. 

Does MHS provide maintenance on my computer?

Yes. The Technology Department Help Desk staff will coordinate maintenance for students. If you need a computer for classes, there are loaners available for students. While the loaner is in your possession treat it as if it is your own, as you will be responsible for any damage to the unit. 

Can personal software be added to the school-issued computer?

No. Only MHS approved software will be loaded or downloaded onto the MHS computers. 

Do I need a printer?

No. You do not need a printer as the school provides students access to printers and copiers. However, students are only allowed so much printer money and it should be used wisely. 

Will I need internet access at home?

No. Students will be given options for completing any required work that involves internet access.

These options include:

  • Completing necessary work at school(before, after, during).
  • Completing necessary work at other public facilities(city library, businesses, and restaurants). 

How do I connect to my home wifi?

If you maintain a wireless home network, you must set the computer to connect to your wireless network. Please stop by the Help Desk to get proper instructions. The MHS technical staff will do their best to help you get connected, but cannot guarantee a successful connection for every network. 

Are there options to back up the files I create on my computer?

Yes. Students are provided cloud storage through their K12 Data Center account. These accounts will not be deleted until after you have graduated. You are also encouraged to save your documents to a removable storage device. 

Can I run another operating system on my school-issued computer?

No. Only the operating system chosen by the Madison School District will be authorized to run on a school-issued computer. 

What has the school done to help prevent students from going to inappropriate sites?

MHS has software which is designed to help monitor Internet usage and all websites that are accessed. This software blocks inappropriate sites and also logs a history of every site that each user accesses. If a site gets by the filter, MHS can immediately add it to the filter to be blocked. This software monitors and filters websites at the school. All students that attempt to find inappropriate sites will be redirected to the principal's office for disciplinary actions. 

Are student computers subject to school "snooping"; what if they bring their computer in for repairs and "objectionable data" is detected?

Inappropriate material on computers should be reported to the classroom teacher, principal, or Help Desk immediately upon identification. Students who have "objectionable data" on their computers but have failed or chosen not to report it, will be referred to the principal's office for disciplinary actions. 

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