Chromebook General Pre-Cautions

The Chromebook is quite sturdy, but should be treated as you would any electronic device.

Carrying the Chromebook:
If you purchase a protective shell of the Chromebook, it will only provide basic protection from everyday use. It is not designed to prevent damage from drops or abusive handling. Carrying the Chromebook in a padded backpack or padded bookbag is acceptable provided the backpack or bookbag is handled with care. For example, you shouldn’t toss the bag or drop the bag if your Chromebook is inside. Protective cases are available for purchase in the Notre Dame Bookstore, but feel free to buy any protective case you desire.

General Precautions:
  • No food or drink is allowed next to your Chromebook while it is in use.
  • Cords, cables, and removable storage devices must be inserted carefully into the Chromebook.
  • Students should never carry their Chromebook while the screen is open.
  • Chromebooks should be shut down when not in use to conserve battery life.
  • Chromebooks should never be shoved into a locker or wedged into a book bag as this may break the screen.
  • Do not expose your Chromebook to extreme temperature or direct sunlight for extended periods of time. Extreme heat or cold may cause damage to the laptop.
  • DO NOT LEAVE CHROMEBOOK IN A VEHICLE.
  • Always bring your laptop to room temperature prior to turning it on.

Chromebook Screen Care
The Chromebook screen can be damaged if subjected to rough treatment. The screens are particularly sensitive to damage from excessive pressure on the screen.

Screen Care:
  • Do not lean on top of the Chromebook.
  • Do not place anything near the Chromebook that could put pressure on the screen.
  • Do not place anything in the carrying case that will press against the cover.
  • Do not poke the screen.
  • Do not place anything on the keyboard before closing the lid (e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks).
  • Clean the screen with a soft, dry anti-static, or micro-fiber cloth.  Do not use window cleaner or any type of liquid or water on the Chromebook.  You can also purchase individually packaged pre-moistened eyeglass lens cleaning tissues to clean the screen.  These are very convenient and relatively inexpensive.

Using Your Chromebook At School:
The Chromebook is intended for use at school each and every day. In addition to teacher expectations for Chromebook use, school messages, announcements, calendars, academic handbooks, student handbooks and schedules will be accessed using the Chromebook. Students must be responsible for bringing their Chromebook to all classes, unless specifically advised not to do so by their teacher.

Printing At School:    
Printing functionality will not be available at school - if a student is required to print something, the computers in the Library Media Center will be available for that purpose. Teachers will be encouraged to accept assignments electronically through Google Drive.  

Connecting to the Internet at School:
The Chromebook has a console management program installed to allow it to automatically connect to Notre Dame’s network upon entering our campus. This console management program also allows Notre Dame to “push” out apps and extensions as well as other add-ons to every student’s Chromebook. The console management program also helps locate lost Chromebooks and can be used to identify one Chromebook from another.

Using Your Chromebook at Home:
All students are required to take their Chromebook home each night throughout the school year for charging. Chromebooks must be brought to school each day in a fully charged condition. Students need to charge their Chromebooks each evening. Repeat violations of this policy will result in referral to administration and possible disciplinary action. It is recommended that students not carry the AC Adapter power cord (charger) to school. If fully charged at home, the battery will last throughout the day.

Printing At Home:      
The Chromebook will not support a physical printer connection. Instead, users may print to their home printers using the Google Cloud Print service. A wireless home network is required for this. Click on this link to help in the process http://www.google.com/cloudprint/learn.

For troubleshooting and a tutorial on this topic, watch the first video to the right.

Connecting to the Internet at home:
The Chromebook will connect to any wireless network the same as any other wireless device.
  • Click the network icon  in the lower-right corner of the screen. Look for your home network. If you see this   icon next to your network name in the status menu this means that your network is restricted (password protected). Click the name of your network and enter its security password when prompted.
  • If you have followed these steps and cannot access your home network then you will need to contact your Internet Service Provider.
For troubleshooting and a tutorial on how to connect your Chromebook to your home wireless network, watch the second video to the right.
 
 

How to Print at Home with your Chromebook

 

How to Connect Chromebook to your Home Internet

FAQs

List of 8 items.

  • Q: When will I get my Chromebook?

    A: Chromebooks will be issued to students on the first day of classes.
  • Q: How do I pay for the Chromebook?

    A:  All information on payment process will be provided in summer email correspondence.
  • Q: Why does the Chromebook cost $300 when I can buy it for cheaper elsewhere?

    A: Your HP Chromebook comes upgraded with 4GB of memory as well an extended warranty and a management software program needed to ensure the Chromebooks function on our network. 
  • Q: Will the Google Chromebook contain all of the student’s textbooks?

    A: All e-textbooks will be available on a web-based platform. Your chromebook will be able to access your e-textbooks.
  • Q: Will the Google Chromebooks be filtered for student-accessed content?

    A: Notre Dame will be filtering the Google Chromebooks at school and on our network. There will be no filter or monitor of content once the Chromebook is outside of our network.
  • Q: If we do not have Internet access at home, are there other options for my student?

    A: There are several options for those who do not have Internet access. Please see Mr. Footit or your Guidance counselor for help. Google Chromebooks can also work in offline mode. Your student can download items from their drive or email account to work on offline, and then the changes will sync back to Google when they re-attach to the WIFI at school. Your student would have to download what they need while at school or connected to a WIFI network.
  • Q: What if we have Internet access at home, but not wireless access?

    A: Google Chromebooks need WIFI to access the internet. There is not a separate ethernet plug to use. You can purchase a separate USB to Ethernet adapter to connect to a wired network for Internet. Please ensure that the adapter you select will work with a HP Chromebook. You can always contact HP support to help troubleshoot accessories to connect to home networks.  
  • Q: If I have additional questions or concerns about this initiative, whom can I contact?

    A: You can contact Mr Footit at 203-933-1673 ext. 432 or email bfootit@notredamehs.com

Chromebook Warranty Information

HP warranties the Chromebook from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one year. This warranty is only valid for the first 12 months from the date you take delivery of the Chromebook.

This limited warranty covers normal use, mechanical breakdown, or faulty construction and will provide replacement parts necessary to repair or if necessary, replace the Chromebook. The warranty DOES NOT warrant against damage caused by misuse, abuse, or accidents.

In addition to the standard 1 year warranty, your Chromebook has a Year Accidental Damage Protection. Under this insurance policy the Chromebooks are protected against accidental damage or loss due to an act of nature. This extended warranty covers issues such as: non-intentional liquid spills, drops and falls, collisions, broken screens, major repairs (Motherboards, LCD screens, Processors, Hard drives). For questions about the extended warranty, click on the links below.
 
 
 

Repairing/Replacing your Chromebook

If your Chromebook becomes damaged or needs repair, bring it to Mr. Footit's office located next to the Jachimowski Library Media Center on your way to the Anquillare Tech Room.  A loaner Chromebook will be issued and your Chromebook will be sent out for repair or replacement.
 

Personalizing the Chromebook

Your Chromebooks can be decorated in any manner that is appropriate i.e. drawing, stickers, paint, tape, or labels. Please make sure all decorations are appropriate and reflect an image befitting a Notre Dame student. Please make sure decorations do not interfere with the performance of the Chromebook i.e. block the screen or cover ports on the machine.