Thanks to the Clay Board of Education and the Clay administration, the Clay Local School District will become a 1:1 district beginning with the 2017-18 school year as part of the district’s continued efforts to prepare students for their futures. Students in grades 6 through 12 will be issued a Chromebook to use at school as well as at home. Elementary students (K-5) will have access to grade-level Chromebook carts that will stay at school. The staff in the district received their personal Chromebooks last year as part of the transition for the implementation of the 1:1 program this year.
For a district whose motto is “The District that encourages the child to discover,” this is the ultimate next step. The Chromebooks will provide all the students in the district with the research and productivity tools they need to do their course assignments (e.g., homework, readings, writings, projects, and assessments). This will in turn allow students to be more familiar with the tools associated with completing the state-mandated, online tests; and the students will also have the opportunity to become more proficient with and to integrate 21st century, technology skills into their lives. In addition, this initiative will open the doors to a more personalized education by providing unlimited access to lessons, programs, readings, and textbooks. In the end, the Chromebooks will allow students to have more individualized learning opportunities and a chance to have technological tools they may not otherwise be able to afford.
“We are excited about the opportunity to put Chromebooks into the hands of our middle and high school students and to expand the access to our elementary students,” commented Todd Warnock, Clay LSD superintendent. “This initiative will allow our students to extend their learning beyond the classroom and the school day. It will also assist us in promoting responsible digital citizenship, personal responsibility, student engagement, and college readiness. We have been dreaming of providing this opportunity to our students and staff for many years. It’s finally a reality thanks to the support from Tony Mantell, who retired at the end of July as superintendent; the Board of Education; the administration; the IT staff; and the teachers.”
To prepare for the August rollout, information on the 1:1 initiative will be communicated with the Clay community over the next few weeks via the district website http://clay.k12.oh.us, Facebook, Twitter, email, and text alerts. This information will include the Acceptable Use Policy and the link to the Chromebook Acceptance Policy (for both parents and students in grades 6-12) to sign. This information will also be available at the sixth-grade orientation (Monday, August 21, 6:00 pm) and the Clay Open House (Tuesday, August 22, 6:00-7:30 pm). Parents and students will need to have completed and signed the Chromebook Agreement before Chromebooks will be issued to students in grades 6-12.