Access to Technology & WiFi
Clarke County Public Schools (CCPS) is committed to providing its students with a device and connectivity to the fullest extend possible. Please use the sections below to learn of the most common technology utilized in CCPS as well as how to request a student device (if no device is available to your student) and the location of free WiFi in the Clarke County area.
Most Used CCPS Technology
CCPS instructional technology consists of the tools and systems that coexist and interact to allow for the differentiation of time, pace, path, and place of student learning. Below are some tools that are available to all staff, students, and/or families. There are many other tools used for distance learning that are available by grade level, course, and/or site.
To learn more about the technologies listed below, please visit the CCPS Community Learning Resource Hub.
Students in grades 6 - 12 receive a Chromebook at the beginning of the school year. This device will travel with students from school to home each day. Please visit Student Chromebook Resources to learn more!
Email, Messaging, & Social Media
Email, School Messenger, and Social Media are used for all major communications and announcements, including those from principals and the superintendent. Teachers and other instructional personnel also use these platforms to communicate along with others for interacting with their students.
Google Mail (Gmail)
This is the official email service of CCPS. All staff and students in grades 6-12 have access to CCPS Google Mail accounts.
School Messenger is a notification system that uses phone and email to provide timely communication to parents and staff on matters such as snow days, early dismissals and school or district emergencies.
CCPS maintains social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook. Important announcements and information are cross-posted on these platforms. Many CCPS teachers have professional Twitter accounts students, parents, and colleagues can follow as well.
G Suite for Education
Google Calendar: Google Calendar is a time-management and scheduling calendar service developed by Google. It is accessed via calendar.google.com or via mobile app for iOS or Android.
Google Classroom (Learning Management System or LMS): All assignments and resources will be posted here for students to access. All work will be turned in here as well. It is access via classroom.google.com or via mobile app for iOS or Android.
Google Contacts: Google Contacts is Google's contact management tool that is available in its free email service Gmail, as a standalone service, and as a part of Google's business-oriented suite of web apps G Suite. It can be accessed via contacts.google.com or via mobile app for iOS or Android.
Google Docs: Google Docs is a word processor, often compared to Microsoft Word, included as part of a free, web-based software office suite offered by Google within its Google Drive service. It can also be accessed via docs.google.com or via mobile app for iOS or Android.
Google Drawings: Google Drawings is a virtual board that allows users to create content by drawing, pasting images, linking videos and websites, and inserting text, shapes, tables, and other content onto a page offered by Google within its Google Drive service. Users can create flow charts, diagrams, concept maps, visual storyboards, original art and more. It can also be accessed via drawings.google.com.
Google Drive: Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google. Google Drive allows users to store files securely in the cloud, synchronize files across devices, and share files. It is accessed via drive.google.com or via mobile app for iOS or Android.
Google Forms: Google Forms is a survey & assessment program included as part of a free, web-based software office suite offered by Google within its Google Drive service. It can also be accessed via forms.google.com
Google Keep: Google Keep is a note-taking service developed by Google. Keep offers a variety of tools for taking notes, including text, lists, images, and audio. It can be accessed via keep.google.com or via mobile app for iOS or Android.
Google Meet: Teachers may host synchronous learning session with group of 10 or less students. Participants access sessions via Google Classroom. It can also be accessed via meet.google.com
Google Slides: Google Slides is a presentation program, often compared to Microsoft PowerPoint, included as part of a free, web-based software office suite offered by Google within its Google Drive service. It can also be accessed via slides.google.com
Google Sheets: Google Sheets is a spreadsheet program, often compared to Microsoft Excel, included as part of a free, web-based software office suite offered by Google within its Google Drive service. It can also be accessed via sheets.google.com
Google Sites: Google Sites is a drag and drop website creation program included as part of a free, web-based software office suite offered by Google within its Google Drive service. It can also be accessed via www.sites/google.com/new
YouTube: Google's online video-sharing platform allowing for viewing, sharing, and even creating videos.
Follett Destiny library catalog accessible for all schools here: https://clarke.follettdestiny.com/common/welcome.jsp?context=saas45_4509371
Nearpod is an instructional platform that merges formative assessment and dynamic media for collaborative learning experiences. Nearpod is a go-to tool for interactive presentations and assessments. It can be found at https://nearpod.com/
Nearly all textbooks used within CCPS have online components. These online resources range from an entire student version of the textbook to review materials and activities. Login information is provided by your student's teacher.
Performance Matters is an assessment and analytics software utilize within CCPS for giving assessments, tracking data (both assessment and intervention), and analyzing data to guide instruction and planning.
PowerSchool is the student information system (SIS) that houses student attendance, grades, schedules, and more. It is accessible via the web or a mobile app. Contact your student's course scheduler for access assistance to the Parent Portal.
Screencastify is the #1 screen recorder for Google Chrome, installed via Google Chrome extension. Screencastify can Capture your tab, whole screen, or webcam only, Embed your webcam anywhere in your recording, Narrate with your microphone, and Record offline (no internet required!).
ST Math is a visual math program that builds a deep conceptual understanding of math through rigorous learning and creative problem solving that dynamically adapts to student ability as they learn, grow, and complete work. It is used throughout the elementary grades.
All students in grades 6 through 12 will be issued a Chromebook beginning in the 2018 - 2019 school year that they take home each day throughout the school year. Students in PK-5 utilize devices at school that remain in the school buildings. For the student Chromebook Guide, please visit this page: https://www.clarke.k12.va.us/administration-1/technology/studentchromebook
Any student in PK-5 that struggles to complete work at home due to lack of a device can contact their school's administrator to begin the process to receive a CCPS owned student device for use throughout the school year/periods of remote learning .
Clarke County WiFi
This map visually shows the locations within Clarke County with free WiFi access. You can zoom in, select locations, and more via the tool icons on the map. If you'd like to submit more locations for inclusion on the map, please submit this form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf8wyQrQBu3D8-lKW06HenutkDIvZCoTXKvwO8DIW6A3W3mZg/viewform ).
WiFi Within Clarke County
Blue Ridge Fire Department (**open network named "ccpublic")
CCPS Offices (*secured and **open network)
Clarke County Historical Association (*secured network, call to schedule time)
Clarke County Maintenance (**open network)
Clarke County Parks and Recreation (**open network named "ccpublic")
September Internet Cafe Dates (preregistration required)
Clarke County Public Library (**open network near front doors)
Cooley Elementary School (*secured network, accessible along sidewalk outside)
Jim's Country Store (**open network outside)
Johnson-Williams Middle School (**open network at rear parking lot near building)
Network is named: EnGenius5C1B06_1-2.4GHz
Martin's Foods (**open network)
Berryville (**open network from McDonald's)
Waterloo (**open network from McDonald's)
Sheetz (Waterloo) (**open network accessible outside)
Subway/Dunkin' Donuts (Waterloo) (**open network)
*secured network = username and/or password required
**open network = no password required
CCPS Internet Cafe
CCPS will host an internet cafe two days per week in the cafeteria at Boyce Elementary and Clarke County High School from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Boyce Elementary will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Clarke County High School on Mondays and Wednesdays. Any student who needs to access the internet to download assignments or upload completed work is invited to attend either location. Please bring your device and CCPS username and password. CCPS Technology Department staff will be available to assist students and parents in this process. The intent of the Internet Cafe is to provide students with an opportunity to download and/or upload assignments and not as a location for work to be completed. Assignments can be completed offline.
Any family having issues with or lacking connectivity (WiFi access) can contact their school's administrator to begin the process to receive a WiFi hot-spot. CCPS has a limited number of filtered WiFi hotspots available for student check-out. The devices are available through check-out from the library media centers and are intended for educational purposes only for students who do not have access to Internet at home.
These WiFi hot-spots utilize the Verizon mobile network to broadcast a WiFi signal. Please check this website (https://www.verizon.com/reusable-content/landing-page/ ) to see if mobile service works in your area. Kajeet hotspot information.
These hotspots can: Access Google Classroom, Download files for class and learning, Allow Google Doc Editing, and allow for asynchronous learning.
These hotspots can't: allow for synchronous virtual learning, stream/connect to Google Meets live, Access YouTube unless video is approved by the teacher through Classroom.
Please note that there are a finite number of hot-spots that are given out on a first come, first served basis.
Other Avenues to Connectivity
Comcast is offering free Xfinity WiFi hotspot access to anyone in response to COVID-19. Click here for the official announcement and further details. Click here to search an interactive map to locate hotspots for a particular address or location.
Comcast offers Internet Essentials to families and other low-income households who do not currently subscribe to Internet at home. Click here for further details, including eligibility requirements, pricing, and how to apply.
Shenandoah University is offering SU-CommunityConnect WiFi free and available to the public from 7 am to 8 pm in response to COVID-19. Click here for the official announcement and further details. Click here for a map of the access locations on their campus.
Handley Regional Library offers free mobile hotspots available for check out from their 3 library locations. Click here for further details.
Websites showing free WiFi Locations (CCPS has no affiliation with the establishments in these reviews, the review process, or the service availability, we are simply providing the list as a resource.)
Clarke County Public Schools Tech Support
Any Clarke County student, guardian, educator, or staff member can contact the IT support desk via emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org for technical support during the school closure and beyond. Please include a brief description of your problem and your contact information, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.