Using technology to enhance the academic experience
Digital Learning Plan
Thanks to a supportive community, the Osseo Area Schools Digital Learning Plan promotes personalized learning, which means students receive instruction that is delivered at the appropriate pace, is tailored to their learning styles, and motivates them based on their individual interests. The plan includes a one-to-one mobile device program (K-12); learning management systems (Seesaw and Schoology) that make it easy to organize schoolwork and communicate with teachers; and teacher training in using digital tools for personalized learning.
Devices are deployed to students at their respective school on scheduled deployment days. These dates are communicated to families by each school through the district’s notification system, the school’s website, and/or Schoology.
The device management team does not remove items from student bags during summer storage and does not replace missing items.
Students who enroll after the site’s deployment date should contact their school’s media center to receive their assigned device.
Each secondary site has a device management technician. This individual helps students with troubleshooting and repairs.
The District Help Desk is available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All devices are filtered through our district Internet filter.
All devices (and grades 4-12 charging equipment) are asset tagged with a barcode.
Device supplies and asset tags
Upon initial deployment, all students are issued a case, cable and charger. If there is damage or loss to the case, cable or charger, students will be held financially responsible.
All devices are provided with either a protective case (iPads) or a carrying sleeve (Chromebooks). The case on the iPad must remain on the device at all times. The carrying sleeve for the Chromebook should be used at all times, unless the student opts to put the device in a laptop pouch in a backpack. All cases are required to be returned at collection, free of markings, stickers, and other conditions. Returning a device case with stickers, markings and other unremovable conditions may result in a replacement fee.
All devices will have metal asset tags applied to them; the asset tag is not to be covered up or removed. If a student is found without the asset tag on their device, they may be responsible for purchasing a replacement for $10. A temporary asset tag will be applied to the device while a metal asset tag is ordered.
Students will be assessed damage repair costs for all damages to their assigned device. Any outstanding charges in relation to the device may result in the device being held in the media center until a minimum payment is made and a payment plan is set up, or the charge is paid in full.
Certain situations may require the full payment of the device cost. These include:
Devices that are damaged beyond repair
Devices that are stolen or lost due to negligence
Device supplies that are stolen or lost due to negligence
Intentional or reckless damage
Tampering with the device or operating system. Students should not attempt to fix or repair hardware issues on the device.
iPad only: Damage that occurs when the device is out of the district-issued case.
Any incidents of damage, theft or loss of a device must be reported to the school's media center immediately (i.e., no later than one (1) school day following the incident, unless the incident occurs over a weekend/school break, in which case it must be made when a student returns to school). This includes cracked screens, even if the device is still usable.
The district will track damages in its asset management system. Students who have had three damages with their assigned device will be required to have a meeting with the building administration. At four damages, a parent meeting will take place with the building administration. Osseo Area Schools reserves the right to modify charges based upon a parent’s active military service or inability to pay.
If a device is damaged to the extent that it cannot be repaired (as determined by the repair vendor) and requires the replacement of the entire device, the family will be required to pay the entire cost of the device.
In the event of theft or loss due to negligence, families will be responsible for the entire cost of the device.
In the event the device is tampered with, damaged intentionally or recklessly, or repaired by a non-authorized vendor families will be responsible for the entire cost of the device.
Spares will be provided to a student on a per-case basis as determined by the Mobile Device Management Team. Students who have tampered with or intentionally or recklessly damaged the device will not be issued a spare. Spare devices are assigned to the student and will follow the same damage charge process as the assigned device.
Flexible learning days are intended to counter the loss of instructional time resulting from school cancellations due to weather. The flex learning days will provide our district options to meet statutory regulations related to student instructional time besides making up school days for weather-related cancellations.
The flex learning day plan will be communicated on an annual basis prior to the start of the school year to families of Osseo Area Schools. Staff and families will be notified that a weather-related cancellation day is a flex learning day utilizing our normal weather cancellation communication protocols.
Students will be able to access digital lessons in Seesaw (Grades K-5) or Schoology (grades 6-12) by 9 a.m. on a flex learning day. Students must check in to each of their scheduled classes through Seesaw or Schoology for attendance prior to the end of the flex learning day.
Students who are unable to attend the flex learning day should follow the same attendance process as they would for a normal school day by contacting the attendance office with their absence reason.
Students/families will have access to their teacher online and by phone during the teacher's designated office hours for any questions related to the flex learning lesson. These office hours will be provided to students in Seesaw or Schoology and be between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Technical support staff will be available for remote support to students on a flex learning day.
Lessons are connected to current standards that students are learning. Lessons include a task for students to complete (digital discussion, quiz, assignment, etc.). Individual lesson accommodations should be worked out between students and their teachers.
The school schedule for the flex learning day will be the same schedule as if school were in session. Teachers must post lessons with digital resources/activities in Seesaw or Schoology by 9 a.m. and must define a minimum of two office hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. During the defined office hours, teachers must be available by phone and electronic communication to connect with students and parents for support specific to the lesson.
Teachers must take attendance of participation on the flex learning day and enter attendance into Synergy. Teachers will have access to their building sites if they choose to come in.
Technical support staff will be available for remote support to staff on a flex learning day.