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INTERNET ACCESS & WIFI HOTSPOTS
Internet access is available to Putnam County Schools students outside of any of our school buildings using regular school WIFI or the WV Kids Connect WIFI.

The Kids Connect Initiative is designed to support the learning needs of children during time outside of school hours. By installing the necessary equipment, public schools, higher education institutions, libraries and state parks with existing connectivity will be turned into WIFI hotspots. The signals will be broadcast into parking lots and locations in close proximity allowing students to visit these areas and access the WIFI to complete school assignments.

To access WV Kids Connect:

  • On your device, select the WVKidsConnect SSID
  • If a browser does not automatically open, open a browser
  • Read and accept the Terms of Use
  • Click the "Continue to Internet" button


SCHOOLOGY
Putnam County Schools students and staff will use the learning management system (LMS), Schoology, for the 2020-21 school year. Schoology will house assignments, communication, and grades for all students.

Along with student access, parents/guardians can also make an account using a code that ties their account to their student(s). Families can view all assigned work, due dates, instructional videos/materials, grades, and communication that their student receives.

Students will access to Schoology using their school email address and password.

Schoology Support Parent Guide:

https://support.schoology.com/hc/en-us/articles/201000873-Parent-Guide

Schoology Support for Students:

https://support.schoology.com/hc/en-us/categories/200077723-General#section-header


PCS TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT HOTLINE
Beginning September 14, families served by Putnam County Schools have the opportunity for evening technology support. A Technology Support Hotline has been established to address questions that arise regarding the use of devices and for assistance with Schoology. This service is available Monday-Thursday from 4:30 pm-8:00 pm by calling 304-586-4946.

INSURANCE OPTIONS FOR PCS STUDENT TECHNOLOGY DEVICES
School Device Coverage (SDC) Insurance Services is offering families the opportunity to protect their child's technology devices with insurance coverage through SDC.

SDC will offer insurance services/coverage, including:
  • Broken glass screen
  • Charger port failure
  • Theft
  • Device disappearance
  • Broken LED/LCD displays
  • Accidental damage
  • Power surge, fire, and flood
  • Water damage
  • Loss
  • Vandalism
  • Touchscreen failure
  • Electrical failures

Coverage is for the 2020-21 school year. To view the full terms and conditions of the policy, please visit https://schooldevicecoverage.com/policy.

If a claim has been filed and the device will need repair, the student would bring the device to the school. The PCS technology department will make arrangements thereafter.

Cost of Coverage:
Apple iPad 6 or 7 - $39.00
Lenovo Thinkpad L360, L390, L440, L450, L460 - $46.00

PCS has issued two models of HP devices at this time, the HP Stream and HP 360. Students that were issued an HP device will not purchase insurance. PCS will be upgrading the HP machines to Lenovo. If you have any HP device issues, please contact your child’s school or the PCS Technology Hotline at 304-586-4946.

Families can now enroll online at www.schooldevicecoverage.com or complete the School Device Coverage Form provided HERE.

The window to purchase the device insurance is September 22, 2020, until October 30, 2020.