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Students & families:
To request a Chromebook or hotspot because you do not already have one, you may directly submit a request for CSD to loan you a Chromebook and/or hotspot. If you no longer need a CSD hotspot or Chromebook, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can work with you on collecting the equipment for us to redistribute to another family.
If you already have a Chromebook or hotspot but are having difficulty with it, or need assistance with some other aspect of CSD-related technology, please first look at the common issues listed below to see whether any of them address your problem.
If none of the solutions below help you, please notify a teacher and ask them to send a support request to IT. This way, the teacher is also aware you're having a technology problem.
If you're unable to reach a teacher, or if you'd really just prefer to notify IT directly, you may submit a support request directly to IT by clicking the blue button at the bottom of this page. Please also reach out to your student's teacher(s) to ensure they are aware of any tech issues that affect the student's access to learning.
Staff: In addition to the general troubleshooting tips here, please check the Tech Tips and Help for staff page (also accessible under the Educators menu). You can also directly submit a support ticket via IncidentIQ.
For Students - Common Technology Tips/Help Questions and AnswersParents, we have tips and guidance for you further down the page.
How do I log into a Chromebook, Classroom, and other G Suite tools?
From the Classroom login page or the Chromebook login screen, you'll enter your G Suite account name and password. (If using a family Windows, macOS or Linux device, we strongly encourage users to first log out of all other Google accounts in Chrome, including personal ones.)
Your CSD G Suite account name is
Last 2 numbers of Student Number (aka lunch number)
First 4 letters of first name (not your nickname)
First 4 letters of last name
For example, student Ruthabell Scottsville (student number 98227) would have the account name email@example.com.
Your default password is
PreK-2: The student number, e.g. 12345. Students will not be prompted to create a new password.
3-5: The word student followed by their student number, e.g. student12345. Students will not be prompted to create a new password.
6-12: The word student followed by their student number, e.g. student12345. Students will be prompted to create a new password when they first login with this default.
CSD-owned Chromebooks can only be logged into with a CSD G Suite account.
Meet and/or Chrome is doing funny things, features aren't working, or it just seems broken
Restart your computer, and close browser tabs/windows and programs that you don't need open for virtual learning.
When sharing your display, avoid sharing the Meet window itself. When possible, use the option to share an individual Chrome tab. If you need to switch to sharing another tabs, move to that tab and click the Share this tab instead button to shift focus.
Uninstall Chrome extensions, especially any that are designed to enhance Meet. Chrome extensions the purport to enhance Meet are prone to break and sometimes even break Meet.
CSD has configured Meet to try to adjust video and sound quality based on your network conditions. However, you can proactively downgrade video and/or sound. Before clicking the Join button to open a Meet, , they can proactively downgrade the quality of video sent and received. Here is a demonstration.
Some other factors might be beyond your control, such as the quality of the network connection you're using (beyond even your home Wi-Fi). From the three-dot overflow menu in the bottom-right corner of Meet, there is a Troubleshooting option that indicates network and processor load and suggestions to improve performance.
How do I change my name in Meet and email?
Our policy is for G Suite tools to match the information we have on official record in the Infinite Campus (IC) student information system.
To add (or remove) a nickname in IC, a parent/guardian must email the school counselor to request the student's nickname be added/removed. The counselor will then notify Information Services of the change, and the display name in tools like Meet and email will be updated soon thereafter.
Adding or removing a nickname will change how the student's name appears in G Suite collaboration tools, but it will not change the student's account name (##firstname.lastname@example.org).
If the name is not just a nickname but rather related to a shift in identity (e.g. a last name change due to adoption, gender identity transition, or other legal name change), contact your counselor for additional information.
I know I'm logged into G Suite/Google, but I'm not seeing Classrooms or access to Meet like I expect.
One of the biggest causes of this is being logged into multiple Google accounts in the same browser profile.
Log out of all your Google/G Suite accounts, and log back in with only your CSD G Suite account.
How do I get the webcam to work on my Chromebook or in the Chrome browser?
Restart the Chromebook or computer. This almost always resolves the issue. If that doesn’t work...
In Chrome, to the left of the web address, click the Lock icon.
On the menu that appears, check that the setting next to Camera says Allow.
How do I get Flash to work on my Chromebook or in the Chrome browser?
If a website isn’t working, you might need to change your settings to allow Flash.
To the left of the web address, click the Lock icon.
Click Site Settings.
In the new tab, to the right of Flash, click the down arrow then Allow.
Go back to the site and reload the page.
Note: Beginning early 2021, Flash will no longer be supported. Website content creators will need to update their websites to eliminate their reliance on Flash.
How do I get my Chromebook to turn on?
Make sure device is plugged into a known working outlet
Make sure power cord is securely plugged into power brick
Plug in Chromebook with the lid open and let it charge for 20 minutes and then try turning it on.
My screen is rotated upside-down or sideways! How do I get the screen to face the right direction?
Press and hold down together the Control, Shift, and Refresh buttons
Something else is wrong with my Chromebook.
Chromebook reboot will fix the vast majority of problems, including most difficulties with the keyboard, freezing, applications, and the built-in camera.
Reboot a Chromebook either by pressing and holding down the power button for ~10 seconds, or press the Power and Refresh buttons simultaneously. This page has pictures that might help with resetting the device.
Google has also published a page with information on fixing common Chromebook hardware and system problems
For Parents - Common Technology Tips/Help Questions and Answers
Any tips on just managing technology at home in general?
Yes! We realize virtual learning has accelerated and/or reinforced the importance of families coming to grips with how everyone in a household interacts with technology. https://www.csdecatur.net/techathome continues to provide some guidance and resources on managing technology at home.
Why is my child able to access YouTube?
When logged into a Chromebook or the desktop Chrome browser with a primary CSD account, students’ access to YouTube is moderated by our CIPA-compliant content filter. Starting this fall, we rolled out a significant update to the content filter that more thoroughly blocks non-educational YouTube contents.
However, some aspects of YouTube remain visible. This limited YouTube access is necessary because some content providers of online learning material shifted their video content to YouTube to better meet remote learning needs during the pandemic. Some other learning tool providers use YouTube’s infrastructure, if not the YouTube website/service per se, to process and display video content. We initially fully blocked YouTube for elementary students and discovered that doing so significantly impeded teachers’ ability to deliver content to students during remote learning (including teachers who were unaware some of their content was processed through YouTube’s infrastructure).
In a regular classroom, students’ healthy use of technology is supported by things like our content filter, but the most critical piece is the supervising teacher. Like so many other things, this supervisory role has fallen to parents and other guardians. We have been testing an upgrade to our content filter that provides some additional filters for YouTube content.
What's the "Annual Data Update" and how do I complete it?
The Annual Data Update (ADU) is our term for doing much of the opening-of-school paperwork online: emergency contact updates, medical forms, sign-offs, etc. are available to submit/complete via the Parent Portal. The very top of the Parents page has a video and directions on accessing the ADU.
How do I access the Infinite Campus Parent Portal?
The Infinite Campus Parent Portal is where you complete the Annual Data Update, access our student's schedule, update their balance with Nutrition, and is a gateway to additional academic and assessment data on your student. Most parents create their Portal account and password as part of the registration process.
If you need to look up your Portal user name or create a new Portal account, start here.
Parents who have not yet created a Portal account and who are presented a complex GUID: copy that GUID and click New user? at the bottom of the Parent Portal login page. Paste the GUID into the Activation Key field and click Submit. Continue the process to create your Parent Portal account!
You can also use the Forgot Password? and Forgot Username? links on the Parent Portal login page if you have previously used the Portal and need help getting back in.
I still haven't gotten my Classroom Guardian invitation.
Please check that the invitation message -- which comes from "Littlesis Admin (Classroom)" -- was routed to spam or some other folder. Search your email, including your trash and spam folders, for the phrase littlesis admin to make sure it wasn't mis-routed.
The high rate of guardian connection/summary invites has caused some email invites to be delayed in transmitting, especially as families are updating their contact information via the Annual Data Update.
Can I get Classroom guardian summaries to a non-Google email address?
If you received a Guardian Summary invitation to a non-Google account, clicking the Accept button will sign you up to receive weekly messages to your email account.
Parents using a Google account to receive notifications have the option to adjust the frequency with which they receive messages (either weekly or daily) and also to see a list of all students with whom that account has a guardianship association.
How do I get Classroom guardian summaries notifications sent to a different email address?
One option is to change your primary email address in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.
Alternatively, you can set a secondary email address in the Parent Portal and, once that address is updated in IC (it might take a couple of days), ask your child's teacher to manually send you a guardian invitation via their tools in Classroom.
We're having difficulty with our hotspot. Any advice?
The hotspot carries data over a cell connection, and unfortunately the hotspot cannot overcome poor cellular data reception.
If the hotspot is being used to augment Wi-Fi already in the home, be aware that two Wi-Fi networks running in the same home may interfere with each other and degrade the performance of both.
What Chrome/Chrome OS extensions are installed or available for my child?
Students who are logged into the Chrome browser with sync turn on, or logged into a Chromebook with their CSD G Suite account as the primary user, have several extensions pushed out to them to augment the learning experience or to provide additional security. These extensions are
Classlink OneClick, in anticipation of an upcoming district IT project
Rocket (PreK and grades 3-12) or Relay (K-2), which routes student traffic through our CIPA-compliant content filter
Nod, to provide non-verbal feedback in Meet
Google Docs Offline, to cache Drive content offline so students don't need to be connected all the time to work in Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides
Kami, for online PDF editing
Other extensions are available for students to install on-demand, and our approved list is here (link will only work when logged in with a CSD student's G Suite account).