Technology is an integral part of the culture in Queensbury schools. Educators use technology to enhance students’ learning experiences and understanding of the world. Students, in turn, get to expand their ability to communicate, create, collaborate and think critically through innovative lessons, assignments and projects.
The Spartan TecKnow 1:1 technology initiative aligns with the district’s culture and mission by providing students in grades 5-12 with regular, equitable access to digital learning tools in school and at home.
Students in grades 5-12 will receive a Chromebook for in-school and at-home use at the start of every school year. Students will be expected to bring their Chromebooks to school every day and to use them for all computer-based school assignments. There is no fee to families unless a student’s Chromebook is damaged, lost or stolen ━ the same policy as for textbooks.
Watch the Spartan TecKnow student orientation video posted below to learn more.
Extended care plan
Chromebook incident fees
There is no fee to receive a district-issued Chromebook because it is expected to be an essential part of a student’s daily educational experience. However, students are responsible if their assigned Chromebooks are damaged, lost or stolen — the same policy as for textbooks — in which case incident fees range on a sliding scale from $30 for a first incident up to $250 for a full replacement.
Avoid incident fees
Students can avoid fees for covered incidents (see chart at left) by purchasing an optional “extended care” plan from the school district.
For a $25 annual enrollment fee, an extended care plan covers up to two accidental damage claims per school year. After two claims, any additional claims will be charged as follows:
- Damage claims beyond the second incident: $30 per incident
- Loss/destruction of Chromebook: $250
- Loss of charger: $35
If a student purchases the extended care plan for an assigned Chromebook and files no claims within a school year, the initial $25 payment for the annual enrollment fee will be automatically applied to the next school year.
It will continue to rollover to subsequent years as long as no claims are filed for that specific Chromebook.
The extended care plan cannot be rolled over to apply to any other Chromebook.
Purchase an extended care plan
To purchase an extended care plan, log into your student’s MySchoolBucks account. Then click on the icon for “Chromebook TecKnow Extended Care” and follow the screen prompts.
If you do not have a MySchoolBucks account, visit the website and click “sign up today” to create one. Then follow the instructions to log in. To add a student, you need the school, name and student ID number.