This semester, Polk County Public Schools is rolling out an exciting new program that will provide a digital learning device for each student in every PCPS school!
About the Initiative
The One-to-One Digital Learning Initiative is a critical part of the school district’s Strategic Plan for providing a high-quality education to all students. This project has been made possible through local and federal funding – including the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund and Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF).
Providing devices to all students expands their learning beyond the classroom and provides greater access to resources addressing their individual needs and specific interests.
If each student has a device, this takes away the challenges of needing to share devices at school and at home. Students can continue learning outside the normal school day and are not restricted to the physical restraints of a brick-and-mortar school.
Schools will send devices home gradually as students learn how to care for them responsibly.
Parents will receive more information from their child’s school and PCPS as these devices are assigned and sent home.
Protect Your School Device!
Covering accidental damage, loss and theft. Unlimited claims, full transferability, with no deductibles and no hidden fees!
- Accidental damage
- Cracked screen
- Liquid submersion
Dell Latitude, HP ProBook
Unlimited Claims, No Deductibles
Unlimited Claims, No Deductibles
Student Device Insurance Coverage August 10, 2022 – December 1, 2022
Does not cover accessories, unless specified. In order to take advantage of this opportunity, coverage must be purchased within 30 days of receiving your device. Coverage excludes known damage/losses which are present at the time of purchase.
Device Repair and Recovery Costs 2022-2023
Students are expected to return district-issued mobile devices and device peripherals in the same condition in which they were issued. While normal wear and tear will be taken into consideration, students who have mistreated the equipment will be responsible for repair or replacement costs and will be issued a financial obligation to cover the cost of repairing or replacing the equipment.
The Device Recovery Costs chart below provides a list of the most common repair costs for the different mobile devices used in Polk County Public Schools as part of the Digital Learning Initiative. It is not a comprehensive list, and any other damage not Included in the list below will be assessed and assigned a fee according to the damage.
Device Repair and Recovery Costs
|Device||Device Replacement||Battery||Keyboard||Screen||Base Enclosure||Motherboard||Power Board||Power Supply (Charger)|
|Device||Device Replacement||Battery||iPad LCD Screen||Digitizer||Power Supply (Charger)||Keyboard Case||Protective Sleeve
(PC and iPad)
1:1 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Families
Elementary students will be receiving iPads and secondary students will receive laptops.
- Charge the device each night.
- Bring the device to school every day.
- Follow the Responsible Use Protocol.
We live in a digital age and to ensure our students are ready for today’s world and beyond, we must provide them with convenient access to technology and teach them how to use it safely and effectively.
Teachers will also be able to transform classroom instruction by using digital tools to maximize learning, and provide students with individualized lessons and differentiated resources.
If students damage or break their device, students will need to report it to their teacher and/or network manager. A loaner device will be checked out to the student.
Repair fees are based on each device and will vary by level of damage and repairs needed.
Replacement fees for a laptop – $674.50 and iPads – $349.00.
Yes, please review the section on this page titled “Protect You School Device!” for more information.
Students who have questions about their device will work with their teachers and the school’s network manager.
No. Teachers will instruct students on the responsible use of their devices and apps. Of course, family support and expectations are always appreciated.
Sign up for the Parent Portal to view your child’s assignments and grades.
We use Focus and Schoology as ways to share student learning and progress with families.
Contact your school administrator to request an opt-out form. Your student will still have access to a device while at school. The parent is required to provide device access at home to complete school work.
Windows devices are locked down and filtered centrally at the district level. Student logins cannot make changes to any device settings.
How can I see the Start Strong and Internet Safety curriculum that was taught in my student’s class?
Sign up for the Parent Portal to view your child’s courses in Schoology. The “Flight Academy/Start Strong” content will be located in the Homeroom class in elementary and in school-designated courses in secondary.
Free/Reduced Cost Internet
To maximize PCPS devices, internet access may be needed. For more information about reduced/free internet availability, please see below for community partners/vendors.
Home – ACP – Universal Service Administrative Company (affordableconnectivity.gov)
Internet Essentials from Comcast
Low-Income Internet Service | Spectrum Internet Assist Program
Affordable Connectivity Program Offer | Frontier
Polk County Public Schools has implemented Lightspeed Filter on all student devices, which is powered by the most comprehensive database of K-12 online content in the industry. Patented Lightspeed agents leverage advanced AI to automatically block millions of inappropriate, harmful, and security-risk websites to keep students and schools safe. The smart AI balances access and security by differentiating between inappropriate images, videos, and games; and those that are educational, such as esports.
To ensure Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) compliance, school districts are required to implement a web filtering solution that blocks obscene material. With its comprehensive database, advanced AI technology, and powerful filtering features, Lightspeed Filter is one of the most effective solutions at blocking pornography and other harmful content, helping to ensure CIPA compliance on every student device.
District staff monitor all web traffic and provide school administrators with information regarding any attempted inappropriate internet usage.