Thursday, March 26, 2020
FCPS is pleased to announce that we will be providing Chromebooks and internet-capable Wi-Fi hotspots to students who do not have a way to access online learning during school closure. FCPS invites students who need devices to stop at their nearest high school to pick up a Chromebook and/or Wi-Fi access device, as explained below.
We invite parents/guardians of elementary (grades preK-5) students to pick up a Chromebook. FCPS will loan Chromebooks only to students who have not already been assigned an FCPS-owned device via the FCPS 1:1 technology program or do not have access to a comparable device at home. High/middle school students who were absent from school the Friday before the closure, and did not have their 1:1 device with them, should follow instructions from the principal about how to obtain a Chromebook.
Due to the limited supply, FCPS’s goal is to ensure the hotspots are only issued to families in need of Wi-Fi services in their homes. Only one hotspot will be loaned to a family, regardless of how many children are in the family, as the devices can handle multiple users simultaneously.
These devices will be available at all 10 area high schools from 9 AM-3 PM tomorrow, Friday, March 27 while supplies last. If you are unable to pick up a device on Friday, please contact your school principal. If supplies are still available, we will determine the best way to distribute devices to those still in need next week.
Recipients of Chromebooks and/or hotspots MUST know their child's FCPS Student ID Number. Parents/Guardians will be required to sign a form stating that their child will take responsible care of the device until it is returned when the school closure ends.
Parents can pre-sign the form by going to https://pubforms.fcps.org/view.php?id=55695
Understand that there may be long lines and lengthy wait times. Please exercise appropriate social distancing of at least 6 feet between yourself and the family in front of you and behind you.
FCPS is unable to answer individual replies to this message, and we appreciate your patience.