Homework/Wi-Fi

  1. Homework will most likely look different for your child this year.
  2. At the beginning of the year, the iPad homework might be to simply charge your device at home and bring it back to school in the morning fully charged.  Please remember that the use of the iPad at home beyond assigned schoolwork should follow your family’s rules on Internet and digital resources access.
  3. As the year progresses, you may begin to see more digital homework that will require the use of the iPad.
  4. Students might watch video lessons, type on the iPad, or record math videos.
  5. Daily and weekly homework assignments will be send home with your child and will indicate whether or not these are iPad activities.  If you are not sure, please e-mail the teacher.
  6. In some cases, homework may require internet (Wi-Fi) at home. However . . .
  7. If you do not have internet access at home:
  • Refer to page 9 in this parent handbook for FREE internet access locations.
  • Students can download/upload their homework at the beginning and end of each school day. The library will be available in the morning at 7:35, and teachers will allow time at the end of the day.
  • The county is also piloting a program to get “HotSpots” to students that need Internet access at home.  Please sign the form that will be sent home soon if you are interested in this option.
  • It is important for your child to complete homework on time.
  • All students will be using Schoology this year to communicate with their teachers and pass assignments back and forth.  Schoology is an online classroom.  Once the classrooms are set up, we will send home a set of directions for you to join the classrooms on your own devices (phone, tablet, computer).  This way, you can keep up-to-date with what your student is doing in their digital environment.
  • If you are concerned with the homework that you see your child working on, please alert the teacher or tech team.

Wi-Fi Filter

APS is working hard to keep our kids safe. The APS Wi-Fi system has a filter built into it in order to block adult content, YouTube, and social media from the internet browsers in APS schools and buildings. This same filter may or may not work on your child’s device when they are not in an APS building. As your child connects to their local Wi-Fi, their signal should be redirected to the APS filter, and then back to their local Wi-Fi.  This is great news!  But be aware that this might not always work. So as a parent, you will want to keep an eye on what your child is doing with their device outside of school. Students will not be allowed to download any apps, books, or music on their own.  All content will be sent to them through the Mobile Device Management System (MDM) that we manage.As a reminder, you do not have to have Wi-Fi access at home in order for your child to be successful with their digital learning. Teachers are allowing time in the afternoon for students to download their homework onto their devices. They will also be given time in the morning to upload any completed assignments. The county is also piloting a program to get HotSpots to students who need internet access at home  Please sign the form that will be sent home soon if you are interested in this option.