DOC Launches 1:1 Chromebook Pilot Program for September 2022

Posted On Friday June 24, 2022

June 24, 2022

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

With summer just around the corner, we are excited to celebrate the achievements of our students who continue to navigate the ever-changing landscape due to COVID-19. A special thank you to our parent(s) and guardian(s) for your ongoing support and partnership in nurturing a culture of high expectations, and for encouraging and celebrating collaboration, curiosity, and creativity.

I am reaching out to Grade 9 parent(s) and guardian(s) to share some very exciting news for the 2022-2023 school year. In addition to expanding our programming at Archbishop Denis O’Connor Catholic High School this fall to include a virtual learning track for Grade 9 -12 students from across the system. We are also pleased to announce that we are implementing an innovative pilot program whereby we will be leveraging technology to enhance and extend curriculum, and improve student learning.

Starting in September 2022, students in Grade 9 and Grade 10 at Archbishop Denis O’Connor Catholic High School will have the opportunity to participate in a 1:1 Chromebook Pilot Program. This program creates unique opportunity for each student in Grade 9 and Grade 10 to access a Chromebook that will be used each day to support student success seamlessly at school and at home for the duration of the 2022-2023 school year.

The 1:1 Chromebook Pilot Program is designed to help all students in our Catholic community learn and think more deeply. It is our hope that this pilot initiative increases student engagement, while promoting digital citizenship, and the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations.

Families opting for their child to participate in the 1:1 Chromebook Pilot Program who intend to utilize a DCDSB-owned device during the 2022-2023 school year will:

  • Sign DCDSB’s Technology Use Agreement Form that outlines rules for responsible and safe use of technology and service, repair, or replacement costs.
  • Be responsible for bringing their assigned Chromebook to school/home each day.
  • Provide feedback via participation in at least two surveys to identify gaps and opportunities to improve student engagement and student achievement.

Families who choose to opt-out of using a DCDSB-owned device, may utilize their personal laptop at school and home each day if this is the preference. In this instance, DCDSB’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) procedure will apply as follows, “ultimately, students are responsible for lost, stolen, and/or damaged personal electronic devices, just as they are for other personal items brought to school.”

To ensure that we have enough Chromebooks to support each Grade 9 and Grade 10 student who requires a device, we ask that each current Grade 9 family please kindly complete the survey by Tuesday, June 28, 2022. The survey can be accessed by the link or QR code below. Grade 9 Survey For more information or questions, please contact Mrs. Langstaff-Mullett.

Wishing our DO’C families and students a wonderful summer break and we look forward to welcoming everyone back in September.

God Bless,

Mrs. Janel Langstaff-Mullett,
Vice Principal