- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - Students in the Vicksburg Warren School District are getting new laptops.

Students and parents from all three high schools - Vicksburg, Warren Central and River City Early College - can pick up Lenovo Chromebooks, a type of laptop that uses Google’s Chrome operating system, at their respective high schools next week.

“We’re very excited about it,” said Wade Grant, director of education technology for the VWSD. “This is really a big deal for the school district, and we’re really looking forward to having this project rolled out.”

The Vicksburg Post (https://bit.ly/29JZtvw) reports all students must pay a $25 technology fee to receive the computer.

“That is a mandatory fee that helps with the upkeep of the devices, but it’s also for content filtering and district maintenance,” Grant said.

Students and parents also must present proper identification and two current proofs of residency in the parent’s name, like a utility bill, driver’s license, voter ID or license plate receipt, to receive a Chromebook.

Technology forms, emergency contact cards and a declaration of residency form will need to be completed upon receipt of the Chromebook.

“They would have to bring that to the school district anyway. They would have to do all that, so the schools felt they wanted to take advantage of the time having them there, and my main focus is to make sure that the parent signs the technology document in the presence of a school official,” Grant said.

The technology form states the parents understand they are responsible for the device if it is lost or stolen, their child will comply with the school’s acceptable use policy in the technology handbook and they take responsibility for the device

Warren Central will have its students’ Chromebooks available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, July 25 and Tuesday, July 26, in Gym A.

Chromebooks will be distributed by grade at Vicksburg High School in the school’s gymnasium. The computers will be issued Wednesday, July 27, to ninth graders from 9 a.m. to noon and 10th graders from 2 to 6 p.m. The computers will be issued Thursday, July 28, to 11th graders from 9 a.m. to noon and 12th graders from 2 to 6 p.m.

From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, July 29, River City students and parents can pick up Chromebooks at the Hinds Community College Campus, 755 Mississippi Highway 27, in the first building in the back.

Parents and students unable to attend any of those sessions will be able to receive a Chromebook on the first day of school with the necessary paperwork and payment.

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Information from: The Vicksburg Post, https://www.vicksburgpost.com

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