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The Kennett Consolidated School District Technology Department is committed to serving the Kennett community. Some of the on-going, student-community initiatives are explained:
Loaner Laptop Program
A few years ago, we initiated a student loaner laptop program with the goal of providing home use of a laptop computer to students who could not otherwise afford to purchase one. What began as a trial program 2 years ago at Greenwood involving about 24 laptops has expanded to more than 300 laptops this year. And the program is growing every year. This also includes the STEM laptop loaner program. The loaner program has been recognized in the article “Digital Equity:’A Moral Imperative’:Part 3” by Tara Smith. Digital Equity: A Moral Imperative .
Expansion of the Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) program. Students are encouraged to bring their own technology, laptops, tablets, etc., to school. This helps to alleviate the need for the District to purchase more devices, thus incurring a cost saving to the taxpayers.
Equipment Recycling Program
Each year old computer equipment, computers, monitors, printers, and spent toner cartridges, are removed from classrooms and offices and replaced with updated equipment. Old equipment is sold to a recycler, Sycamore, Inc., for either proper disposal or reuse. The District is reimbursed for all reusable equipment that is sold. These funds are used to purchase additional student devices. All hard drives are certified by Sycamore to be erased of all data prior to disposal or reuse.
Parent Access to Schoology
Parents now have access to their child’s Schoolgy page, thus giving parents access to their child’s school assignments, the classes their child is enrolled in, and school and class announcements. For more information on Schoology, please check out http://support.schoology.com. Also, parents can find our on-line guide to Schoology on the KCSD Connect Dashboard at http://connect.kcsd.org.