1:1 Technology Initiative


August 2017


Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you are aware, this year all HMS students will be receiving a laptop as part of the district’s technology initiative, in partnership with the River Vale Educational Fund. The focus of the laptop program at Holdrum Middle School is to prepare students for their futures in a world of digital technology and information. As we navigate the 21st century, excellence in education requires that technology, including access to the Internet, be readily available and seamlessly integrated throughout the educational program.

In order to protect our students and parent/guardians we are requiring that each student purchase a $30 Accidental Damage Protection from the manufacturer. An outline of what this protection includes is available on the Holdrum Middle School website.  This protection will be payable via Community Pass. You will be receiving an email with information outlining how to sign up for and use the Community Pass program.

All parents/guardians and students will be required to review and sign the HMS Laptop Handbook on the Genesis Parent Portal prior to the student receiving a laptop. You will receive an email notification when this form becomes available on the portal. This handbook outlines very important policies and procedures that all students must adhere to when using their laptops, and can be found on the HMS website under the 1:1 Technology Initiative webpage.

The laptops will be distributed to students during the first few days of school, provided the student and parent/guardian has reviewed and signed off on the HMS Laptop Handbook. In addition, each student must pass a required quiz regarding laptop care in order to receive the laptop.

With this great initiative comes responsibility. We encourage students to use their laptops at home and other locations outside of school; however all students are bound by the policies and procedures in the Handbook and District AUP wherever they use their laptops. Laptops should always be stored securely in locked lockers during physical education, assemblies, and extracurricular events. Students will be expected to have their laptops charged and ready for learning every day.

This laptop will be used as an innovative tool to enhance the educational experience for our students. We are excited about the possibilities that this initiative affords our students inside and outside of the classroom.

Yours in education,


James P. Cody



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