Students receive Chromebooks at North Fork Middle School

QUICKSBURG – Sixth and seventh graders at North Fork Middle School have been issued Chromebooks as part of the 1:1 device to student ratio initiative at the school.

North Fork Middle School Principal Todd Lynn said staff members are “excited about this opportunity for our kids.”

A total of 207 computers were given out to students on Thursday.  Lynn said the computers were purchased with school funds before the county spending freeze was put into place.

North Fork Middle School is a pilot school for the Shenandoah County Public School’s 1:1 initiative in which each student has access to a device.

“Our kids are going to be good at this,” he said.

These computers will also help the eighth graders as they will have complete access to the computer labs and carts, allowing for a 1:1 ratio as well.

Students will be able to take the computers home with them as long as they have a parent’s signature.

Lynn said safety is a major concern and that safety measures have been implemented.  He said that a filter has been placed on the computers to keep the students from visiting sites they shouldn’t. If parents are worried about what their kids are looking at, the school can track sites students visit and tell parents what their kids are doing online, but only when the students log in with their student ID.

“We want our kids to be safe, but have a great instructional experience,” he said.

Deputy Paige Frazier, a school resource officer, spoke to parents about cyberbullying laws and ways to protect their children while online, even with the filters in place.

Frazier said that the best way to protect their kids is to talk with them about online safety and to “be aware of what your kids are doing.”

Lynn said he believes they has done all they can think of to better protect students from online threats and that he feels the computers will open many doors for to students.

He added that the world is moving to digital and “if we don’t do that for our kids, we’re putting them at a disadvantage.”

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com