Richmond County Board of Schooling mentioned the foundations and insurance policies for its 1:1 know-how initiative on Tuesday, which might give each pupil a pc.
By means of funds from the American Rescue Plan, Verizon Modern Studying Faculties and Cares 2, HP Probook laptops might be given to every pupil and trainer in order that they have the instruments for adequate schooling.
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Affiliate Superintendent Malinda Cobb mentioned every household must signal a mortgage settlement. This way should be signed by a father or mother and affirms that the system might be used for instructional functions solely and that the system’s care and safety are absolutely the accountability of the father or mother. The 1:1 handbook additional explains that these gadgets are college property and will not be for use for inappropriate habits, non-educational leisure or non-permitted social-media websites. The handbook additionally instructs on connecting to the Web, tips on how to correctly take care of gadgets and cyber security ideas.
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The varsity district might be providing elective insurances for gadgets. The handbook says the insurance coverage plan would value $25 per yr and canopy loss, theft or injury to the laptop computer. Cobb mentioned if a pupil loses a second system, that pupil will change into a “day-user” for the remainder of the yr and can get a tool to make use of solely whereas on college grounds and can’t take it residence.
Charges related to this system embrace $25 for any repairable damages, $49 for a misplaced charging chord and, if the scholar doesn’t have the insurance coverage, $750 if the pc is misplaced or broken past restore. Superintendent Kenneth Bradshaw mentioned they’ve choices like cost plans if households must pay a price however will not be instantly in a position to.
“That is all primarily based on data that we have gathered from different college districts throughout the state and the nation who’ve been utilizing 1:1 lengthy earlier than us,” Cobb mentioned.
College board member Patsy Scott raised issues concerning the charges and ensuring households understood them. Bradshaw mentioned it can be crucial households perceive that this program is a privilege and tasks are concerned with this joint-venture.
Cobb mentioned that the roll-out would begin in August with orientations for academics, dad and mom and principals adopted by courses to show pupil technological accountability earlier than the gadgets are distributed. These classes will not be required. The roll-out is anticipated to complete by December. Coaching and assist applications may even be provided for households and schools.
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College board adopts closing 2022 funds
The board’s fiscal yr 2022 funds acquired unanimous approval for its closing adoption. The funds, roughly, features a normal fund of $283.5 million, $30.6 million for debt service, $56.7 million for capital tasks and $148.3 million for particular revenues.
The funds contains raises of $1 per hour for paraprofessionals and custodians, a elevate of $20 per day for substitute academics, step will increase for all eligible staff and an extra step improve for custodians.
Among the different expenditures embrace lifting the moratorium on out-of-town journey, further funds for textual content books and rising retirement contributions by 0.75%.