District 219 is welcoming incoming freshmen by providing them with the latest model of Chromebook, which can be used as a laptop or a tablet, has a touch screen, and comes with a stylus. Students who will start school at Niles West and Niles North in mid-August were invited to come by Niles West on July 22 or 23 to pick up their personal Chromebooks, which they will use for their academic work throughout their high school career.
At the curbside pickup event, members of the D219 Information Technology team, properly “masked up,” met each student’s car and asked for the letter sent to that student. A code on the letter corresponded to a registration number for that student’s computer, which allows the district to “enroll” the Chromebook so the district can support the device over the next four years. The district provides basic insurance for each device, which includes one free repair per year, if necessary.
In order to receive their personal Chromebook, a student’s family must have completed the district’s required residency verification, a process that proves the family is living within Niles Township boundaries. An added benefit to having students pick up their Chromebooks in July is that those families who have not completed the residency verification have the incentive to do that, so their student can be properly enrolled in classes by the start of the school year.
"We were pleased to offer all of our incoming freshmen a safe and convenient way to pick up their Chromebooks for high school," said Chief Technology Officer Oyin Idowu. "I would like to thank the entire IT team for making this such a seamless process."