FAQ: What you need to know about Chromebook distribution for APS students

Coronavirus New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Public Schools is getting ready to roll out their plan for online learning. However, the first step is to distribute Chromebooks to families who don’t have access to a computer.

APS says it will have loan thousands of Chromebooks to students. The school district says their first priority is to get Chromebooks to seniors. Teachers will begin training and preparing to teach away from the classroom. Then starting April 13, instruction will begin for all students.

Q: What day will Chromebooks be checked out?

A: Chromebooks will be checked out at all 13 high schools starting with Learning Zones 1 and 2 (April 8–9) followed by Learning Zones 3 and 4 (April 13–14).

Q: What “Learning Zone” does my high school student fall in?

A:

Learning Zone 1 Distribution Sites

  • Albuquerque: Albuquerque High School students only
  • Highland: Highland High School students only
  • Manzano: Manzano High School students only

Learning Zone 2 Distribution Sites

Learning Zone 3 Distribution Sites

  • ECA: Early College Academy students only
  • Cibola: Cibola High School students only
  • Valley: Valley High School students only
  • Volcano Vista: Volcano Vista High School students only

Learning Zone 4 Distribution Sites

  • Del Norte: Del Norte, eCADEMY, and Freedom High School students only
  • Eldorado: Eldorado High School students only
  • La Cueva: La Cueva High School students only
  • Sandia: Sandia High School students only

Q: When and where do I pick up the Chromebook?

A: High school students will go to their comprehensive high school to pick up a Chromebook.

Schedule is below:

April 8-9 is Learning Zone 1 and Learning Zone 2

  • Wednesday, April 8: Seniors from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Juniors from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 9: Sophomores from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Freshmen from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

April 13-14 is Learning Zone 3 and Learning Zone 4

  • Wednesday, April 13: Seniors from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Juniors from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 14: Sophomores from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Freshmen from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Q: How are Chromebooks being distributed?

A: Distribution sites will be following New Mexico Department of Health guidelines for safety and will be implementing “No-Touch” handouts. Parents and students must remain in vehicles while at distribution sites.

Q: What should students bring to check out a Chromebook

A: Students must bring their student ID to check out a Chromebook for the rest of the school year (if you lost your ID, make sure you know your student ID number.)

Q: Does a parent need to be present?

A: A parent or guardian should accompany the student if possible.

Q: How many Chromebooks will each family be getting?

A: Only one Chromebook will be distributed to a family that does not have access to a computer at home.

Q: What if I don’t have internet access at home?

A: Comcast is offering any new Internet Essentials customer two free months of Internet serviceExternal link , effective immediately. For complete details sign up online or call 1-855-846-8376. Spanish-only speakers can call 1-855-765-6995. View other APS resources https://www.aps.edu/news/coronavirus/at-home-educational-resources-for-families

Q: How long will students be able to have the Chromebooks?

A: Students will only have the Chromebooks until the end of the school year. Then they will have to return them. There is no information at this time where they will be returning them.

Q: How will APS know the Chromebooks are being used properly?

A: Students will sign an agreement when they receive the Chromebook. The agreement states that “all users are expected to use the computers and computer networks in a responsible, ethical, and polite manner as outlined in this document.” It also says violation of any part of the policy is grounds for disciplinary action. Read agreement at https://www.aps.edu/news/coronavirus/chromebook-checkouts-for-families-with-no-computer-at-home/.

Users will respect accepted rules of Netiquette including but not limited to the following:
Users will not:

  • Access, upload, download or distribute pornographic, abusive, hate related, obscene or sexually explicit materials or
  • language.
  • Violate any local, state or federal statute.
  • Violate copyright, or otherwise use another person’s intellectual property without their prior approval or proper citation.
  • Vandalize, damage or disable the property, including electronic files, of another person or organization.
  • Access, assist or allow others to access another person’s materials, information or files without the implied permission
  • or direct permission of that person.
  • Use another’s password.
  • Reveal any passwords or user codes.
  • Use APS resources for commercial purposes.
  • Interfere with or disrupt other users, services or equipment

New Mexico Coronavirus Resources

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