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Parent and Student Letter and Requirements
OCS Chromebook 1:1 Initiative
OCS Chromebook 1:1 Initiative

Dear OCS Families:

Beginning in the Fall of 2014, Oneonta City Schools began its 1:1 Chromebook Initiative.  Since then, our program has grown each year, culminating in this year's completion of the 1:1 Chromebook initiative in grades 1-12.  During the 2017-2018 school year, each kindergarten class will have 6 chromebooks for use during centers.  All classrooms in grades 1-5 will have a Chromebook cart so that students have access to a Chromebook while at school.  Students in grades 6-12 will have an assigned Chromebook for their use at school and at home.

A Chromebook is a personal computer running Google Chrome OS. Chromebooks are designed to be used while connected to the Internet and to support applications that reside on the Web. Chromebooks also have Google products built-in and, within seconds of logging in, students can access their school issued Google apps account.

Each student and member of the faculty has a G Suite account. G Suite is an integrated communication and collaboration solution, hosted by Google and managed by Oneonta City Schools. G Suite presents the ability for OCS students, faculty and staff to communicate, store files and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in real time from school or home. G Suite serves as the foundation for the middle school’s digital ecosystem. Every week students and teachers will be performing hundreds of applications via their Google apps accounts. A benefit of moving to Chromebooks is the fluid integration of Google products. Students will have complete access to their G suite account and the numerous assistive tools embedded into each application.

OCS is excited about the 1:1 Chromebook Initiative and the endless possibilities of teaching and learning in a connected world. If you have any questions regarding our 1:1 Chromebook Initiative, please reach out to Heidi Chambers at hchambers@ocsredskins.com, OMS Principal Brad Newton at bnewton@ocsredskins.com or OHS Principal Lauren Wilson at lwilson@ocsredskins.com. 


1:1 Requirements for 2017-18

 Chromebooks will be distributed to students in grades 7-12 on July 31 - August 1, grade 6 on August 11, pending the receipt of all items listed below.

In order for 6th-12th grade students to receive a Chromebook, the following must be completed: 

  1. Orientation: All students and parents must read the Chromebook Policies, Procedures, and Information Handbook.
    • 6th grade students and parents must attend the mandatory face-to-face orientation on August 8 immediately following OMS orientation in the OHS Auditorium.
    • Note: There is no required orientation for students in grades 7-12.  
  2. Signed Forms: Available online and in the OMS/OHS offices
  3. Fees
    • $40 Technology Usage Fee
      • For families with multiple children in grades 6-12, the fee will be $40 for the first child and $25 for each additional child.
    • Any outstanding unpaid damage/repair fees



Thank you to the Oneonta Foundation for Educational Resources (OFFER) and the OCS School Board for supporting technology in Oneonta City Schools!