iPad Program FAQ
When do students receive the iPads?
Saint Francis High School issues students their iPads during Registration Days in August.
Which version of the iPad do students and teachers receive?
Students and teachers are issued with the 32GB version of the Apple iPad Air.
Are students be able to take the iPad home?
Absolutely. Not only can students take the iPad home, they are expected to take it home each night. The iPad will be used not only for in-class work but also for homework assignments. Many assignments will be unique to the iPad experience and cannot be replicated on any other device.
What are the expectations for student use of the iPads?
Saint Francis High School owns the iPads and will loan them to the students as a tool to support their learning experience. Students will be expected to bring them to school fully charged each day and have them in class just as they would for any other required material. As a technology device, the iPads fall under the Acceptable Use Policy articulated in the Student-Parent Handbook .
Does the school plan use digital books?
Saint Francis High School makes every effort to use a value-added approach to digital textbooks. While many textbook publishers are developing textbooks for use with the iPad, not all of our course materials are currently available in digital format. We expect to have both digital and printed textbooks for next year. We are hoping to move to digital formats as soon as the best materials are available.
Do students use other devices in class?
Saint Francis is committed to providing teachers and students the best technology for specific learning goals. Laptops, computers, Chromebooks and other devices are available when necessary in the classroom and in the Sobrato Family Learning Commons. The school will continue to provide student access to computer labs throughout the day.
Is there be an additional fee for the iPad Program?
The devices are funded through tuition. Any additional accessories, such as a personal keyboard or stylus, are the responsibility of the family. There is a fee of $100 to cover some of the annual expenses of the iPad program including management software and applications. This fee will be added to your July tuition billing statement.
Does the school provide a case & charger for the iPad?
Every new iPad comes in a new protective case. Only cases approved by Saint Francis are allowed. Every student will be issued with a new charger & cable which they will keep all the time they are a student. We do not supply replacements for lost, damaged or failed chargers or cables.
My student already has an iPad. Can he/she use it?
No, due to the way our devices are managed, all of the iPads in the program will be school-issued devices.
Does my student still need a computer at home?
It is important to note that the iPad is not a replacement for a computer, but rather its touchscreen, unique apps, and interactive textbooks offer students a completely new learning experience. Students may feel more comfortable completing some assignments, particularly those involving extensive use of a keyboard, on a computer.
Do I need to have wireless Internet service at home for this device to work?
No. One of the advantages of the iPad is that it has sufficient memory to store textbooks and other materials required for homework, making it unnecessary to have Internet access at home. Naturally, an available connection at home will enable a student to use his/her iPad for Internet research, access files stored in the cloud, and to complete some assignments. The school will provide filtered Internet access on campus. The iPads do not have cellular connection capability.
How will a student’s safety online be ensured?
We will be using our Internet infrastructure to control the devices that use our wireless network. We also provide CIPA compliant web filtering. Additionally, our students’ online behavior will be governed by the Saint Francis iPad Authorized Use Policy that will be communicated to all students and parents during re-enrollment and again at registration in August.
What if an iPad is lost or damaged?
The iPad is Saint Francis High School property and is loaned to the student for the school year. Students are ultimately responsible for the care of the device. If the school-issued iPad is lost or damaged, the family will be responsible for replacing the device.