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To apply, you will need your student ID number and TPS Password. If you do not know what these are, you may ask in your school office, or check with your teacher.
To qualify, students must be currently attending a school within the Tacoma Public Schools, and qualify for free/reduced lunch or meet the federal poverty guidelines and must not have previously received a laptop. Due to limited supply, qualifying students may receive 1 laptop only. After applying, please watch the students district email for communications.
There may be times that due to current inventory restrictions, Tech4Kids will only be able to provide desktop computer setups to elementary students. This setup includes a computer, monitor, keyboard, mouse, power cord and cable to connect the computer and monitor. Desktop computers do not have a wireless card, therefore it is critical that the home have a wired internet connection. You will not be able to connect a desktop computer to the internet via a phone or mobile hot spot.
Normally, when older computers are replaced by newer ones, the old equipment is sent to surplus. Instead, here's what happens now through the Tech4Kids program:
Models of laptops/computers vary depending on availability. The Laptops2Kids program was designed to provide computers to middle and high school students, better providing them the tools they need, and to make the ultimate goal of graduation. Priorities for computers go to students grades 9-12, followed in order by middle school and elementary students. Students must be currently enrolled in Tacoma Public Schools, and qualify for free/reduced lunch or meet the federal poverty guidelines - and must not have previously received a laptop though this program.
We do not have the means for student to request a specific model.
We will also be adding desktop computers to the offerings during the 2017-18 school year. Once we begin production of desktop units, and due to the limited number of laptops available, students in grades K-5 will be more limited in options. Elementary families with receive 1 computer per household. If the family has wired internet access in their home, they will receive a desktop computer; complete with computer, monitor, keyboard, mouse and power cord. It will be the family's responsibility to provide an internet cable. Middle and High school students with wired internet access in the home can opt for a desktop computer if they prefer.
How do I set up my laptop/computer?
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Tacoma students can apply for a laptop by submitting an application form on the website www.tacomaschools.org/laptops2kids. You can access the website from any computer, including computer kiosks in school offices.
Computers will be available for pickup from Foss HIgh School approximately once a month. Emails with driving instructions and specific dates and times for pickup will be sent to the student's TPS email account approximately 1 week before the available date. Pickup times will all be on a Wednesday, between 4:00-6:00 PM.
To inquire as to the status of an application, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is an application for interested students. Students must be currently enrolled in Tacoma Public Schools, and qualify for free/reduced lunch or meet the federal poverty guidelines and must not have previously received a laptop. Students must use their Student ID and password when logging in to apply.
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Contact: Sherri Desseau at Laptops2Kids@tacoma.k12.wa.us
Laptops/Computers will be repaired or replaced at the district's discretion within 2 weeks of receipt by the student if the laptop is not functioning (example: will not power on, charger not working, keyboard issues, overheating). Issues related to virus or malware are not covered. Contact Sherri Desseau at email@example.com within 2 weeks if the laptop is not functioning. After 2 weeks, there are no warranties. The computer is provided to you on an as-is condition. You are responsible for any and all cost of repairs when needed.
The Tech4Kids program CANNOT help with or replace laptops or computers for pin or password issues. Please be sure and write down any passwords you set during the setup process or after.
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