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1:1 Laptop Distribution

What is 1:1 Laptop Distribution?

The 1:1 Early Distribution Project provides each rising Middle and High School student an opportunity to pick up their functioning student device before the first day of school.

kids learning to log in during the 1:1 laptop distribution

Where is Early Distribution going to take place?

The gym and cafeteria of:

Gravelly Hill Middle School
4801 West Ten Road
Efland, NC 27243

We ask that families park in the back of the school and will provide signage to direct folks accordingly

Who is eligible?

Any student who is enrolled in an Orange County Schools as a 4th through 12th grader for the 2018-2019 school year.  Please ensure your student has officially enrolled at least 24 hours before their pickup day.

The student must be present to receive their laptop.

When is Early Distribution taking place?

  • Wednesday, August 15 - 3:00 to 7:00 for students whose last names are between A and C
  • Thursday, August 16 - 3:00 to 7:00 for students whose last names are between D and J
  • Friday, August 17 - 3:00 to 7:00 for students whose last names are between K and Q
  • Monday, August 20 - 3:00 to 7:00 for students whose last names are between R and Z
  • Tuesday, August 21 - 3:00 to 7:00 - make up time for all students

How does the process work?

student carrying laptop from the registration center

There are four stations each student goes through

Station 1 (cafeteria) - initial check in - student gets a registration sheet based on current enrollment status, confirms name and address

Station 2 (cafeteria) - payment - student pays $20 annual technology fee by cash, check or credit card. Waivers are also available at the payment station

Station 3 (gymnasium) - laptop assignment - student gets a laptop and charger assigned to them

Station 4 (gymnasium) - login - student logs in to the laptop, with assistance as needed

Student leaves with a working laptop and charger that have been assigned to them and paid for.

What is the Fee?

The Technology fee is $20 per student. It is a recurring annual fee. Funds are used to partially offset maintenance and other costs of the technology.  Waivers can be granted in accordance with district policy.

In order to expedite the pickup process, it is strongly encouraged that you pre-pay the $20.00 fee at www.k12paymentcenter.com.  Select the “SCHOOL FEES” option in the left toolbar.  Under “AVAILABLE FEES” please choose the appropriate school and student to pre-pay.  We suggest saving your receipt for quick proof of payment. You can also pay onsite, where we accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards.

Why is the District doing this?

brother helping sister log into laptop

The District provides early distribution of of devices so that:

  • Students can have their devices on the first day of school
  • Students can familiarize themselves with the device in advance of school
  • Disruption of instructional time is minimized

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can a family member pick up a device without the student?
    No. The student must be present.
     
  2. Can a student pick up a device without their parent?
    Yes. They’ll need to be able to identify themselves and pay the technology fee.
     
  3. What if a family can’t afford the $20 technology fee?
    Waivers are available at the payment station.
     
  4. What happens if my student cannot pick up their laptop during the designated time?
    Students can come on the makeup day, Tuesday, August 21 - 3:00 to 7:00. If they cannot come on this day, they can get their laptop in the Media Center soon after the start of school.
     
  5. Can I get in line early to minimize the wait time?
    People who show up early tend to wait the longest.  Last year we estimated an average of 15 minutes for the entire process.  
     
  6. If my student has an outstanding fine, can they still pickup a laptop?
    Yes. The family will be required to either: 1) pay the fine, 2) receive a waiver, or 3) agree to a payment plan.
     
  7. Can I pay the laptop fee early?
    Yes.   In order to expedite the pickup process, it is strongly encouraged that you pre-pay the $20.00 fee at www.k12paymentcenter.com.  Select the “SCHOOL FEES” option in the left toolbar.  Under “AVAILABLE FEES” please choose the appropriate school and student to pre-pay.
    We suggest saving your receipt for quick proof of payment. You can also pay onsite, where we accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards.
     
  8. What if families don’t have Internet at home?
    There are ways in which the laptops can still be used, with some limitations. Teachers, with support of schools’ Digital Learning Coaches, will provide instruction to students on how to use laptops without Internet availability.
     
  9. Will the laptops still be “filtered” when the student uses the laptop at home?
    Yes, the laptops are configured to have all Internet traffic go through the school’s filters, regardless of the wireless network they use.