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USC ready to roll with iLearn

By Staff | Nov 3, 2014

United South Central is getting ready for the big rollout.

The School Board and technology integration specialist, Rita Vondracek, have been finishing up a few items on the to-do list to make that happen.

The first possible date to hand out iPads and MacBook Airs for the new iLearn program is Nov. 20, and the back up date is Dec. 2.

USC students will receive devices which will go with them throughout the day to complement other learning techniques in the classroom.

Grades 9-12 will be using the MacBook Airs in the classroom and at home, grades 4-8 will use iPads and can bring them home, and kindergarten-third grade will use iPads just in the school.

At their October School Board meeting it was decided to offer insurance plans to families, prior to student receiving their devices.

Single coverage will cost $25 for the iPads and $50 for the MacBook Airs.

“We will have a maximum of $100 for family coverage,”?Vondracek added.

The School Board approved the concept of self-insuring, meaning the money they get from the insurance plan will be used for coverage of incidents with the devices.

“We’re taking some risk by self-insuring, but those schools who have done this are confident in doing so,” superintendent Jerry Jensen said.

Vondracek agrees that self-insuring was the best option and it has been thought out before choosing this option.

“If everyone paid it would be at least $17,000 for coverage,” she explained. “Not including families who have hit that max.”

The School Board also reviewed and approved documents required from students and families, including; handbooks, responsibility agreements and insurance.

The next step toward actually handing out the devices is holding informational meetings for students and their parents or guardians.

Four meeting dates have been set and families can choose just one to attend.

The upcoming date for the high school meeting is Monday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m. The elementary meetings are scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m. or Monday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m. All meetings will be held in the USC Commons Area.

The meetings will inform parents about what students will be doing with devices and how they can help their children succeed.

Parents and guardians will also receive the insurance forms, responsible use agreement and the handbook at the meetings.

“Those need to be completed before the students can be issued a device,”?Vondracek said.

Once the forms are completed, the students will be able to receive their devices.

The rollouts will take place in the classrooms and the teachers will hand out devices along with power cords and other accessories.