How to PowerUp (get HISD Student Laptop)
Students are eligible to receive a laptop to use for the year by completing the following items:STEP 1: Print & Sign Laptop AgreementPrint the LAST page of the HISD Laptop Agreement and both the student AND parent/guardian must sign using a black or dark blue ink pen. No digital signatures will be accepted. Bring your signed form to your appointment.Parents/guardians & students must ensure they have read and understood the Acceptable Use Policy for Electronic Services for Students and Digital Footprints & Digital Citizenship.
STEP 2: Method of Payment
A $25 non-refundable security deposit to cover possible damage or loss of the laptop is required through schoolpay.com only (NO CASH). Credit card payments must be made at www.schoolpay.com (Powerup Fees 2022-2023). A digital copy of your receipt that reflects the DeBakey student's name is required before proceeding to the next step. Print your schoolpay.com receipt and bring it to your appointment.
Make an appointment to pick up your laptop AND sit for the mandatory laptop orientation. Plan to spend 1.5 hours completing this task. The orientation alone is approximately one hour for freshmen and 30 minutes for all other grades. The orientation is NOT optional and students who leave campus with a laptop and did not attend orientation will have their laptops reset until they have completed the orientation.
Aug 15-16: Freshmen (INACTIVE)
Aug 17-19: All other grades (freshmen not allowed as orientation is different)
Students unable to pick up their laptops during early distribution (August 15-19) will have the opportunity to do so beginning August 23rd. A new registration form for those students will be made available at a later date.
Pick up laptop and complete laptop orientation on the same day (during laptop deployment). Students are advised to bring a paper copy of their Laptop Agreement form as well as a copy of their schoolpay.com receipt (it MUST show the name of the DeBakey student).
Frequently Asked Questions
Are students required to get an HISD Laptop?
Yes. Student laptops are single sign-on (SSO), which gives students instant and exclusive access to all HISD apps and resources for the courses they are enrolled in. Some of the apps are ONLY accessible through an HISD laptop.
Are there fees for students associated with the program?
Yes, each student is required to pay an annual, non-refundable $25 security deposit fee to receive a laptop. Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch may qualify for a waiver of this fee. Under board policy, questions regarding fee eligibility should be directed to the student’s principal.
How are students protected from inappropriate content?
Each device is pre-loaded with district-approved filtering software that blocks keyword content and inappropriate websites, including some social media sites, while in use at school, home, and anywhere that has wireless Internet access. Before students receive their devices, they are also required to take a digital citizenship class that reviews the district’s policy on the proper use of technology and electronic services. Both parents and students are required to sign a laptop loan/acceptable use agreement before a student will receive a computer. Improper use of the laptop and/or technology will result in strict consequences such as discipline, detention, and/or limited use of the device as determined by the district’s Code of Student Conduct.
Who is responsible for loss, theft, or damage while the student’s laptop is away from school?
As with any other instructional material, the student is responsible for his or her laptop. Teachers will work with students on the responsible use and safekeeping of their laptops. Each device comes with a protective bag for safekeeping. Additionally, each device is equipped with the LoJack® Stolen Recovery System, so stolen devices can be disabled and recovered. Students are required to report a lost or stolen laptop immediately to their teacher. Damaged devices will be evaluated by the school to determine whether or not they can be repaired.
What if a student doesn’t have access to the Internet at home?
HISD recognizes that students may not have access to the Internet away from school, so each HISD campus is equipped with wireless Internet. Additionally, all Houston-area public libraries have Internet. HISD is also developing partnerships with local organizations and businesses to increase the availability of free Internet services throughout the city. Click here to learn more.
Does a student have to bring a laptop home if there is already a device at home?
All students are able to use their laptop at school and at home during the week and on weekends. To ensure compatibility, and because many software applications and documents created by students will be saved on their laptop, the district encourages the primary use of the HISD laptop at school and home.