Tribal Council authorized the purchase of or reimbursement for laptops for all elementary and secondary students who are Citizens.
ELIGIBLE PURCHASES AND REIMBURSEMENTS
Tribal Council authorized purchase of or reimbursement for laptops for all eligible students, so long as:
1. The parent or legal guardian certifies that the student needs a new laptop to facilitate distance learning; and
2. The Pokagon Band has not already provided or reimbursed such student or the student’s parent or guardian for a laptop to facilitate the student’s distance learning due to COVID-19 under the COVID-19 Student Laptop Program.
Pokagon IT staff will check with Social Services and the Department of Education to determine if a laptop has already been provided or reimbursed.
The request may be for a laptop.
There is a limit of one device per student.
COST OF LAPTOP
The cost of the laptop may not exceed $500 per student.
- For Purchases Requests:
- Parents or guardians must request a laptop from IT by December 1, 2020; and
- Laptops are received by the Pokagon Band by December 30, 2020, and
- For Reimbursement Requests:
- The laptop was purchased and received between March 1, 2020, and December 1, 2020; and
- The receipt must be received by the Pokagon IT staff by December 4, 2020.
TO REQUEST REIMBURSEMENT
To request a reimbursement, a parent or guardian must:
Complete the online application/reimbursement form and certification; and
Provide the receipt dated between March 1, 2020 and December 1, 2020; and
Receipt must be received by the Pokagon IT Department by December 4, 2020.
TO REQUEST PURCHASE OF A LAPTOP
To request purchase of a laptop, a parent or guardian must:
Complete the online application and certification of need by December 1, 2020.
Because laptops must be received by the Pokagon Band by December 30, 2020, the purchased laptops will the supplied on a “first-applied first-supplied” basis. Because of these timeline restrictions, applicants are encouraged to request reimbursement if possible.
The request is not a guarantee of receipt, if a laptop is not available to the Pokagon Band by December 30, 2020 as a result of supply chain issues.
WHERE TO FIND THE APPLICATION & WHO TO CONTACT
The online request/reimbursement form can be accessed via the following link: Request for COVID-19 Student Laptop
A fillable pdf request/reimbursement form can be accessed here, please email the completed form to Cares.Laptop@pokagonband-nsn.gov
If you have questions about the COVID-19 Student Laptop Program, please reach out the Pokagon Information Technology department at 269-462-4269 or email Cares.Laptop@pokagonband-nsn.gov
Tribal Council Resolution No. 20-10-19-02 USE OF CORONAVIRUS RELIEF FUND FOR STUDENT LAPTOPS
By accepting the equipment, the parent certifies that their child has a need for a laptop for remote learning for their educational use.
Parents will ensure their child adheres to the “Student Device Agreement.”
Student Device Agreement
This device has been provided under the CARES Act funding for K-12 Tribal students. Students in need of remote learning can be issued a device for their educational use. If reasonable precautions and care are taken in the use of the device, the laptop should not experience physical damage. Each parent/guardian should review this form carefully with their child.
All devices provided to students are to be used to access remote learning and other educational uses. Students are expected to follow the guidelines below and take any additional common sense precautions to protect the device. Students are responsible for taking care of the device.
Care and Maintenance
- The student/family is responsible for the daily care and maintenance of the laptop. Any damage or theft is the responsibility of the student/family.
- Keep the laptop in a safe place when not in use.
- Students/families should report problems first to the laptop manufacturer. Do not attempt to remove, add, or change the physical structure of the device, including keys, memory, battery, screen, charger, ID labels, etc.as it could void the laptop warranty.
- Carry the device carefully at all times. Do not store items on top of the device.
In general, all students are expected to use good judgment and common sense; be safe, appropriate, careful and kind online; and ask an adult if they need help.
Student Acceptable Use Guidelines
- Devices provided to students are to be used to access remote learning and other educational uses.
- Follow the same guidelines for respectful, responsible behavior online that students are expected to follow offline.
- Treat this device carefully.
- Understand that this equipment has been provided by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians with CARES funding to assit in remote learning and other appropriate activities. If equipment is stolen or lost, the program will not be able to provide another device.
- Alert a parent if students see threatening, inappropriate, or harmful content (images, messages, posts) online.
- Be cautious to protect the safety of the student and others.
Students must not:
- Sell the device, or laptop to another individual.
- Use this device in a way that could be personally or physically harmful.
- Attempt to find inappropriate images or content.
- Engage in cyberbullying, harassment, or disrespectful conduct toward others. In some cases, cyberbullying can be a crime.
- Use technologies to send spam or chain mail.
- Use language online that would be unacceptable in the classroom.
- Use technologies for illegal activities or to pursue information on such activities.
- Attempt to hack or access sites, servers, or content that isn’t intended for student use.
Personal Safety and Privacy
- Users should never share personal information, including phone number, address, social security number, birthday, or financial information, over the Internet without adult permission.
- Users should recognize that communicating over the Internet brings anonymity and associated risks, and should carefully safeguard the personal information of themselves and others.
- Users should never agree to meet someone they meet online in real life without parental permission. If students see a message, comment, image, or anything else online that makes them concerned for their personal safety, they should bring it to the attention of an adult immediately.
Limitation of Liability
The Pokagon Band will not be responsible for damage or harm to persons, files, data, or hardware. Devices do not employ filtering and other safety and security mechanisms. The Pokagon Band will not be responsible, financially or otherwise, for unauthorized transactions.