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    Lawrence USD 497 encourages parents to discuss family expectations about screen time with their students. Use www.commonsensemedia.org for guidance. You may want to set boundaries for your student with regard to casual screen time, mealtime and bedtime.

    Designate a place to charge the device nightly. Leave the charging cord in that designated area at home. Students should bring the charged device to school daily. Students will use their student email address provided by Lawrence USD 497, such as YourStudentID#@students.usd497.org.

    Please visit with your student's teacher about any questions or concerns. You may call the Help Desk for support during the school day: (785) 330-H-E-L-P (4357).  If you need assistance after school hours, contact AppleCare at 1 (866) 752-7753.

    The Three E's
    Lawrence Public Schools look forward to partnering with your family to ensure your student's achievement and success. The Lawrence Board of Education's Excellence, Equity, and Engagement goals provide the framework for a student-centered system of support. When we engage teachers and staff, school families, and the community in personalizing student learning, we will prepare students with the 21st-century skills they need to graduate future ready!
    The Personal Touch
    The district will provide teachers and staff the professional development and support needed to engage students in effective blended learning environments that combine the best of traditional teacher-directed instruction with online and digital learning. Teachers will tailor instruction to individual student strengths, needs, and interests, giving students voice and choice in the path, pace, and place of their learning. Personalized learning empowers students to take ownership of their educational goals.
    Tech Tools
    Lawrence USD 497 strives to provide equitable access to the tools necessary to foster essential skills, support creativity, and inspire learning. The district provides iPads and cases to all middle school students, and following a successful high school pilot program and Board approval, high school students will be provided with MacBooks beginning in the 2017-18 school year. 
    Anytime, Anywhere Learning
    Students may take the devices home. No Internet? No problem. Teachers may provide assignments directly on the device. School libraries offer Internet hot spots for checkout. Many community partners offer free Wi-Fi services. Families may wish to explore low-cost Internet services available through www.everyoneon.org. 
    A filtering system ensures compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act, blocks inappropriate content, and informs parents of student Internet use. The district's Student Acceptable Use Policy, Responsible Use Guidelines, and digital citizenship curriculum supports safe, responsible use of technology.