• GENERAL
    • Why iPads instead of an android or laptop computers?
      • Starting in 2010 Acalanes has researched multiple mobile technology device options to put in the hands of students.  We have found the iPad to be an innovative device which allows students to access, create, and communicate anywhere, anytime, and in any subject area.  With its stable operating system, robust iTunes store, and ability tobe managed remotely, the iPad is the best fit for our learning goals. In addition, the iPad's battery life, weight, and immunity to viruses makes it a perfect solution for our staff and students.   
    • What happens if the iPad gets damaged, is lost, or stolen?
      • Each student is responsible for their iPad and their iPad should be enrolled in Apple's FindMyiPad app.  If an iPad becomes damaged, the student will need to tell their teachers as well as inform the school administration immediately to learn how the student can repair their iPad. 
      • If an iPad is lost or stolen, the student will notify the Acalanes High School Administration immediatley.  Students will use the FindMyiPad app in an attempt to locate their iPad.  In addition if the iPad is stolen, the student and parent/guardian is required to file a police report.  In the event of a student having their iPad lost or stolen, Acalanes may utilize location software to help in recovering the iPad.
    • Will there be a loaner program?
      • Acalanes has a small surplus of iPads available only to students whose iPad is in need of repair.
    • Will there Internet restrictions or student limitations?
      • While students on campus will have their internet content filtered, they will not when off campus.  For more information on how you can help your student navigate the internet while off campus, please see our list of Parent Resources on the Technology Services page.
    • Will Acalanes provide insurance for the iPad?
      • No. Those who wish to purchase their own personal insurance to protect theiPad in case of loss, theft, or accidental damage may do so. Acalanes has Partnered with Worth Ave Group who will provide those families additional iPad coverage.  To learn more, please obtain an iPad Personal Insurance Quote.
    • EQUIPMENT & APPS
      • Will the iPad contain all the student textbooks?
        • Many publishers are still catching up with the iPads and have yet to publish digital versions of their textbooks.  Acalanes is currently researching different options to best support our students. 
      • Are there any student/parent fees associated with the iPad?
        • No.  The funding for the iPads have come from the generous efforts of Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE).  Acalanes will be purchasing school related content for students.
      • If my student has a laptop, may they use it at school?
        • Yes. Students are allowed to bring their laptop to school inaddition to their iPad.  The laptop however, is not to be considered areplacement for the iPad. 
      • What happens if I don't want my child to have an iPad?
        • Your student will not receive an iPad however it will be expected that your student will be able to complete assignments as if he/she did.
      • Will iPads be password protected?
        • Yes.  Students will be directed to enable thier own personal restrictions, which includes placing a password, on their iPads.
      • Can my student install their own apps?
        • Yes & no.  While students will be allowed to download their own apps, it is important that students do not jailbreak or restore their iPads.  In order for the students to have access to the apps and other school related content and material, students will need to keep the iPad in the order it was when they first received it.
      • Who is responsible for repairing a damaged iPad?
        • Each student is responsible for their iPad
      • Can my student use their own iPad?
        • Unfortunately no.  Because of the way Acalanes will be managing the iPads, students will need a school issued iPad in order to have apps and other school related content configured on the iPad.
      • Will we need Internet access at home?
        • No.  While having home internet access may be an advantage to using the iPad, it is not neccessary.  Many of the features of the iPad do not require internet access and will allow students to complete much of their school work at home.
      • What if my student forgets to bring their iPad to school?
        • Should students forget to bring their iPad to school, they will be responsible for completing any course work as though they brought the device with them.
      • Will my student need to create an iTunes account? Is a credit card necessary to create an account?
        • Upon receiving their iPad, students will be walked through the process of creating a free, no credit card, iTunes account.
      • If I have additional questions or concerns about Acalanes 1:1 iPad Program, who can I contact?
        • Please feel free to contact any of staff member listed below.
      Travis Bell - School Admisistrator
      Barbara Burkhalter - Library Media Specialist
      Cass Mulholland - Technology Coordinator