Seattle Public Schools

Student iPads and Laptops

Student iPads

Student SPS iPads

SPS students in PreK-2nd grade will receive an iPad at the beginning of the school year.

iPad Setup Instructions and Agreement Form

After charging your iPad, please follow these steps to set up your device for the first time:

iPad set up instructions

iPad Agreement Form

Reminder: Restart Your Device Regularly

By restarting your district device (laptop or iPad) at least three times each week, you will resolve most issues. Restarting your device allows the device to process updates, policy changes, or security changes that are needed to keep your device running smoothly. Steps to restart your device:

  1. Plug your device in to power and turn it on
  2. Connect to the internet
  3. Restart the device, and then have your student log in to the device
  4. Leave it on for at least an hour so it can apply any changes that are needed silently
  5. If prompted, proceed with restarting your device again

Remove Apple News Widget and Stacks from iPad

Some SPS schools received iPads with the next iPad operating system (iOS 15) installed. This changes the home screen to show the Apple News widget and could expose younger students to articles that are not age-appropriate.

The technology services team is working with Apple to remove the news widget permanently. Until a solution is implemented, it is recommended that teachers and families with student iPads manually remove the Apple News widget/stack from each iPad to block access to this list.

Read this document to learn to remove the Apple News widget from student iPads. 

Tips to Save iPad Battery Power

To reduce battery drain, it’s recommended to lower the brightness of the iPad screen.

  1. From any screen on the iPad, locate the icons in the top right corner of your screen.
  2. Pull down under the battery icon to open the “Control Center.”
  3. With the icon that looks like a sun, adjust the brightness of the screen display.

Learn How to Reduce Brightness on an iPad with screenshots

Who to Contact for Support

Contact your teacher, librarian, or school office staff

  • If your student needs a password reset.
  • If your student’s device has connectivity issues.
  • If your student needs an SPS device (this includes broken, stolen, or lost devices).

Contact Student TechLine

If you have questions about how to use District laptops, District digital tools, or need general tech support.

Summer Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
206-252-0100 (if the line is busy you can leave a voicemail)

Technology Announcements

Student Tech Tools Over Summer

Timeline of student digital tool access for summer 2024.

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SPS Student Devices

Seattle Public Schools provides student devices during the school year to support classroom instruction.