Elementary Chromebooks to be replaced this summer

This update is specific to Elementary Teaching Staff:


All elementary chromebooks will be replaced this summer.  Here’s how that will impact the check in process at the end of this school year.


Q1.  In prior years, we would store the chromebooks by classroom so that students could easily find their chromebook in August, do we still do that?

A1.  NO.  Please store ALL chromebooks in one location at your school.   This will enable us to pick up the old chromebooks from location and drop off the new ones in that same location.


Q2.  In prior years, we would open up a help ticket for any chromebook that needed repairs –  is that still true?

A2.  No. For this summer only (because they are being replaced), you only need to collect the Chromebooks and check them in through Destiny (Library System).   You do NOT need to send any of the chromebooks out for repair.


Q3. What is happening with the old ones? Can our school keep them?

A3.  You can not keep them –    when the vendor arrives this summer, they will count your old chromebooks that they will remove – and they will then leave the exact same number of new chromebooks.   The old chromebooks are NOT available to keep, the vendor will take ownership of the old chromebooks.


For Parents: Optional Securly Hub provides internet filtering for home devices

NOTE:  It is very rare that we announce or share information related to for-sale technology devices , as is it not the school district’s role to endorse specific products.  However, in this case, we are aware of parents who have been asking for a product that integrates into their existing Securly web filtering.  We are not requiring, nor are we encouraging the purchase of this product, but instead we are wanting to make sure parents are aware of this option.

Q. My child has a chromebook from the West Des Moines Schools and I like getting the weekly Securly report so I can monitor their usage. Is there a device that I can add to my home to add that filtering to our other home devices?

Answer:  Yes.  Securly has released a device called Securly Hub, which connects to your home network and allows you to provide web filtering for other home devices.

Video overview: https://vimeo.com/302213471

Web site with more information: https://plugnplayhub.com/