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Middle School Laptop Distribution

2019-2020 Laptop Distribution for 6th – 8th Grade Students

In August, the district will be distributing assigned devices to students entering grades 6-8. The student must be present in order to login to the laptop with their secure credentials, as well as take responsibility for the device and accessories.

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Before receiving the laptop, students and parents must complete the following steps.All agreements and a protection plan selection must be submitted online via MySchoolBucks in order for the laptop to be distributed to the student. Print your receipt and bring to distribution.

 

  1. Carefully read the Digital Learner Handbook .
  2. Review the Laptop Protection Plan options .
  3. If you do not already have a MySchoolBucks.com account, please visit their website http://www.myschoolbucks.com and click “Sign Up Today” to create an account before completing the steps below.
  4. Login to MySchoolBucks.com to electronically process your Laptop Protection Plan and required acceptable use and laptop agreements. Students must bring the printed MySchoolBucks receipt with them to laptop distribution.  
  5. Visit the Technology Store via the MySchoolBucks Home page.
  6. Select the Laptop Protection Plan icon. You may also wish to purchase a sling bag. Note: You do not need to purchase a case or charger unless your student lost/damaged the one which was issued to them last year.
  7. Select or Add a Student from the drop-down menu. IMPORTANT NOTE: If this is your first time using MySchoolBucks, you must add your student first in order to view the products in the Technology Store. 
  8. Select the Protection Plan option from the drop-down menu.
  9. Electronically acknowledge the "Students Acceptable and Responsible Use" and the "Parent/Guardian Acknowledgment" statements.
  10. Click “Add to Basket”.
  11. Click on the shopping cart (top right corner of screen) and then click "View Cart/Checkout" button.
  12. Scroll to the bottom of screen and click “Continue”
  13. Submit payment information and scroll to bottom of screen and click "Place Order".
  14. Print payment confirmation/receipt and bring it with you to laptop distribution.

 

Students should bring a suitable sling bag to the distribution in order to carry their laptop home.

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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Laptop Distribution

 

Q: Why do we have to bring a printed out receipt? Can I show it to you from my cell phone?
 
A: We need the printed receipt because it serves as a “traveler” to  “travel” to the various stations, as well as it allows the team to pull your student’s customized laptop and charger. Unfortunately, we can’t collect your cell phone and have your cell phone travel to each of the stations in which the team members will need to utilize various points of data that is contained on the receipt to distribute the correct items to your student. If you do not have a printer at home you can come on site during distribution and print out the receipt directly from your phone to our air printer or by logging into your MySchoolBucks account and printing to the printer that will be available.

 

Q: We are away the week that my student is assigned to pick-up their laptop. What can we do?

A: You can come on the other date that we will be distributing laptops at your student’s school. Choose a time that is convenient. For example: If your student is assigned to pick-up on August 22 but you will be away that week, then come on August 26 anytime during the distribution timeframe as long as we are distributing at your student’s school on that day.

 

Q: I am working during all of the distribution timeframes. Can my son/daughter pick up the laptop with their grandparent, an older sibling, or a neighbor?

A: Yes. Please make sure your child comes to the distribution with the printed receipt from MySchoolBucks where you processed all agreements and the protection plan selection.

 

Q: We cannot make the timeframe in which my student is assigned for distribution. Can we come earlier or later in the day?

A: Yes. You can select a timeframe for a different letter in the alphabet. We will have all the laptops onsite; therefore, you do not need to notify us of your timeframe change.

 

Q: We are away for both dates. What can we do?

A: You can process the paperwork and payment online via MySchoolBucks. Print out the receipt and send it in with your child when school begins. We will try to get laptops distributed to students who did not pick up during the summer on the first days of school, but depending upon how many students do not pick up during the summer, it could impact whether your student will be able to get the laptop on the first or second day. For example: If 400 students do not pick up laptop during the summer distribution dates, it would impact the ability to distribute that number of laptops to all students on the first day of school. 

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If you have additional questions regarding the laptop distribution please contact the Office of Digital Learning and Innovation at: Phone: 732-751-2480 ext. 3822 or 3807 or laptopdistribution@howell.k12.nj.us.

 

*** DISTRIBUTION DATES AND PREFERRED TIMES ***

All rising 6th – 8th grade students will pick up their assigned laptop at their attending school location. REMEMBER: The student must be presentin order to login to the laptop with their secure credentials, as well as take responsibility for the device. The student can come with a family friend, neighbor, parent, grandparent, etc.

 

To minimize long lines and to drastically reduce your wait time, preferred dates and times have been established for students to pick up the laptop based on school and position in the alphabet.

If the preferred date/time is not convenient, students may come any time during the distribution, as long as it is during one of the two dates that the team will be the student's attending school location distributing the laptops.

 

ONLY STUDENTS ATTENDING MIDDLE SCHOOL SOUTH @ MS – SOUTH

ONLY Middle School SOUTH Students @MS-SOUTH
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Time

Last Name

7:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Last name begins with A, B, C or D

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Last name begins with E, F, G, H or I

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

BREAK – DOORS CLOSED

NO DISTRIBUTION DURING THIS TIMEFRAME

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Last name begins with J, K, L or M

2:00 PM

DOOR CLOSE – Next Distribution Day for MSS Students is the following week on Tuesday, 8/27/19

 

 

ONLY Middle School SOUTH Students @MS-SOUTH
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Time

Last Name

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Last name begins with N, O, P, Q or R

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Last name begins with S, T, U or V

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM

BREAK – DOORS CLOSED

NO DISTRIBUTION DURING THIS TIMEFRAME

5:15 PM – 6:00 PM

Last name begins with W, X, Y or Z

6:00 PM

DOORS CLOSE FOR DISTRIBUTION

 

 

ONLY STUDENTS ATTENDING MIDDLE SCHOOL NORTH @ MS – NORTH

ONLY Middle School NORTH Students @MS-NORTH
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Time

Last Name

7:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Last name begins with A, B, C or D

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Last name begins with E, F, G, H or I

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

BREAKDOORS CLOSED

NO DISTRIBUTION DURING THIS TIMEFRAME

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Last name begins with  J, K, L or M

2:00 PM

DOOR CLOSE – Next Distribution Day for MSN Students is the following week on Monday, 8/26/19

 

 

ONLY Middle School NORTH Students @MS-NORTH
Monday, August 26, 2019

Time

Last Name

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Last name begins with N, O, P, Q or R

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Last name begins with S, T, U or V

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM

BREAK – DOORS CLOSED

NO DISTRIBUTION DURING THIS TIMEFRAME

5:15 PM – 6:00 PM

Last name begins with W, X, Y or Z

6:00 PM

DOORS CLOSE FOR DISTRIBUTION