East Lyme Public Schools is providing our ELPS community with resources to support you with using virtual learning tools and working online.
Students and Families:
Q: How can I request a device?
A: High school students may stop by the Library Media Center to check out a device. Students in other grades, please email email@example.com
Q: How can I get internet at home?
A: Internet providers across the state are offering packages and offers to Connecticut residents to get online and stay connected at home through the COVID 19 crisis. Please review this document: Increased Access to Internet Coverage for Connecticut Residents
On June 18, Comcast announced it will continue to provide 60 days of free Internet service to new, eligible Internet Essentials customers. Please visit https://www.internetessentials.com for more information.
You may also request a Hot Spot from the district by completing a WiFi Access Survey, which is located here.
Q: How can I get technology help?
A: Please see the contact information above for the Distance Learning Help Desk.
Q: How can my student access online learning resources that their teacher shares?
A: East Lyme Pubic School primarily uses two applications to host continued educational opportunities for students: Seesaw and Google Classroom. Educators will provide students with log in information.
Seesaw is an online classroom where PK-4 students can access resources and assignments shared by their teachers.
Please review this video for more information:
Google Classroom is an online classroom where Grades 5-12 students can access resources and assignments shared by their teachers.
If you are unsure about your students' email or password, please contact the Distance Learning Help Desk (contact information above)
Q: How can I support my child with learning online?
A: Adults play a big role in students learning. Explore learning sites with children, ask them questions about what they are learning, and engage in conversations about what they are watching on TV. Studies show that children learn more when they are able to talk about what they are learning.
Home Learning Tips for Students and Families
- Work with your family to make a daily schedule and try your best to stick to it.
- Try to find a comfortable space that is free of distractions.
- Don't try to do too much. This is a stressful time for all of us. If you are feeling stressed, take a break: It's ok.
- Try to finish all assignments (online/non-online) on time, but understand that it will take a little bit of time to get used to learning online.
- Check in with your teacher regularly.
- Do your best to stay away from TV, YouTube, or multi-tasking when working.
- If you do not understand your assignments, please contact your teacher.
- Don't forget to eat, sleep, and exercise!
- Take a quick break from the screen every 30 minutes.
Want to learn what others are saying about the apps, movies, or websites your child is using? Find reviews on Common Sense Media:
East Lyme Public Schools will use electronic resources as a powerful and compelling means for students to learn core subjects and applied skills in relevant and rigorous ways. It is the district’s goal to provide students with rich and ample opportunities to use technology in a blended learning environment. District technology will enable educators and students to communicate, learn, share, collaborate and create, to think and solve problems, to manage their work and to take ownership of their lives.
To help ensure student safety and citizenship in online activities, all students will be educated in digital citizenship and technology integration best practices at school and at home. Technology shall be integrated throughout the educational program in a seamless and timeless fashion. The 1:1 Device Program will empower students and teachers to use technology like adults do, accessing and using purposeful technology-based tools anytime a task calls for them.
1:1 Device Insurance Program and Replacement/Repair Costs
Parents/students have the option of participating in the District’s self-insurance program, which provides limited protection in the event of negligent loss or damage to the device OR denying the insurance and assuming full responsibility for damage, theft or loss.
Insurance can only be purchased within 31 days from the time the laptop was deployed and every year thereafter during the open enrollment period.
- Accidental damage
- Unavoidable theft (police report must be submitted within 72 hours of the theft
- Natural disasters
- Manufacturer defects
- Power surge due to lightning
- Lost Device
- Excessive scratches/wear to device exterior. (Case provided by the District for iPads only)
- Intentional marking, defacing, and/or abusing the device
- Damage caused by tampering with hardware components or operating system (ie jailbreaking) to alter district configurations
- Damage caused by disassembling the laptop or modifying any part of it.
Insurance Options are as follows:
OPTION 1: Opt-Out – If a Parent/Guardian opts out of coverage, repairs will be billed to Parent/Guardian at cost. A Parent/Guardian cannot opt-in to insurance until the next open enrollment period at the start of the next school year.
OPTION 2: Opt-In-If a Parent/Guardian opts to purchase insurance, then they will have to pay $30 within 31 calendar days of receiving their child’s district device. The $30 will cover up to two incidents over the course for the school year.
Procedure for Insurance Payment:
- Checks should be made out to East Lyme Board of Education Special Account (Please write "Device Insurance" and students name on memo line.)
- Submit check to your school's Main Office within 31 calendar days of receiving the device.
Replacement Cost for an iPad and Laptop:
- iPad Replacement: $299.00 (plus shipping and tax)
- Laptop Replacement Cost: $659.00 (plus shipping and tax)
Individual Laptop Component Replacement Costs:
|Palm-rest with Keyboard and Touchpad||$61.00 and $39.00|
|LCD Screen Bezel||$39.00|
Your Duties in the event of loss or damage:
- Report the loss or damage to Distance Learning Help Desk.
- Notify the local police immediately if the loss is due to theft or fire.
- Multiple damage/theft claims, especially if lack of due diligence is evident, could result in the policy being voided and assessment of full repair cost, and/or restriction of take-home privileges.
- District insurance is only available for District issued devices.