Important Parent Letter

Keeping devices over the summer

With the unique challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, Hawthorn District 73 recognizes that the summer months may potentially be very different from a typical summer for our students. Because of this, the district will not be requiring students to return electronic devices that have been assigned to them at the conclusion of our current school year. Once the district has received direction regarding the start of school in the fall and any steps that might need to be taken in the event that health concerns continue, we will contact parents with instructions on returning devices to your child’s school. Over the summer months, our monitoring and filtering services — Securly for student internet usage and Gaggle for monitoring email and Google Docs for middle school students — will continue to be used and monitored by the district.

Returning devices for those who are moving

If your family is moving out of Hawthorn District 73, please return the electronic device that was assigned to your child (along with any cases or charging cables that were included). You may return these devices on June 4-5 between 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM at Hawthorn Middle School South (600 Aspen Drive). If you are unable to make it on June 4-5, please email and we will arrange a convenient time for you to return the device.

Summer Tech support

If issues arise with electronic devices during the summer months and you need to reach out to the Hawthorn District 73 technology team for help, please email with the details of the problem or any questions. A member of the team will follow-up with you.

8th graders to keep devices

As our 8th-grade students prepare to transition from Hawthorn District 73 to their respective high schools, the district wants to ensure continued access to educational and collaborative activities throughout the summer months. In order to make that possible, 8th-grade students are not required to return their Chromebook devices to the district at the end of this school year unless you are currently in possession of a district loaner due to a missing or damaged device. If that is the case, we will coordinate with you for the return of the loaner. Because these devices are also nearing the end of their expected life cycles, this year’s 8th-grade class may choose to keep their device beyond the summer months. Any devices that are kept will no longer be managed, monitored, or content filtered by Hawthorn District 73. Any families who choose not to keep the device should email the technology team at and we will arrange a time for you to return the device, charger, and case.