Wayzata Public Schools

MyWay for Student Learning

MyWay is Wayzata Public Schools' effort to ensure each and every one of our students is prepared to thrive today and excel tomorrow in an ever-changing global society.

The initiative puts digital learning devices (iPads) in the hands of students to increase student learning and engagement.

At its core, the overriding goal of MyWay is to complement our current work with another tool and approach to help us provide a world-class and personalized student learning experience.


Brad Anderson, Q Comp Coordinator

Shelly Nelson, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Wade Philips, Director of Technology

iPad Care and Maintenance


Carefully transport your iPad to school every day. Avoid placing weight on the iPad. Never throw or slide an iPad. Never expose an iPad to long-term temperature extremes or direct sunlight. Never leave your iPad unattended.


A suitable case is required to protect the iPad, especially while the iPad is being transported.

Your iPad comes with a school issued case. The purpose of the case is to protect the iPad, especially while the iPad is being transported. When not in use, closing the iPad case will save battery life and protect the screen. The iPad must remain in the school issued protective case at all times or in student provided case that provides equal or better protection. No stickers or any other items should be attached to the iPad itself unless placed there by school staff.


The iPad should be fully charged, using the provided wall charger and brought to school ready to use each day. Fully charged iPad batteries will typically last 12-15 hours of use. Waiting to charge the iPad until the charge is low (less than 20% life or red indicator light) will extend the battery life. It is the student’s responsibility to charge the iPad at home and ensure it is ready for use in school each day. Failure to do so may result in the student’s inability to participate in classroom learning activities.


The iPad is an electronic device; handle it with care. Never throw a book bag that contains an iPad. Never place an iPad in a book bag that contains food, liquids, heavy, or sharp objects. While the iPad is scratch resistant, it is not scratch proof. Avoid using any sharp object(s) on the iPad. The iPad screen is glass and is vulnerable to cracking. Never place heavy objects on top of the iPad and never drop your iPad. Careful placement in your backpack is important.

iPads do not respond well to liquids. Avoid applying liquids to the iPad. The iPad can be cleaned with a soft lint-free cloth. Avoid getting moisture in the openings. Do not use window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol, ammonia, or abrasives to clean the iPad. Use of unapproved cleaners may remove the protective film covering the face of the iPad.

Insurance & Repair

File a Claim
To file a claim, please bring your iPad to SmartFix to start the process.
801 Mainstreet #3, Hopkins

Uninsured iPad Repair

iPad Repair Facilities

The repair facilities listed below are provided for your convenience only. Wayzata Public Schools does not warranty the work completed by any repair facility nor does the District promote any repair facility over another. Some facilities may offer a discount to Wayzata Public Schools students; contact the repair facility for more information and for store hours.
Device Pitstop of Maple Grove
(offers a discount to WPS students)
13732 83rd Way N, Maple Grove
Device Pitstop of Minnetonka
(offers a discount to WPS students)
13023 Ridgedale Dr, Minnetonka
(offers a discount to WPS students)
801 Mainstreet #3, Hopkins

Approved Apps

All approved apps will be identified on a published list and available in the Self Service app. To keep the list manageable and relevant, teachers will be asked to identify apps that are essential for their course. When identifying essential apps, the app must:

  • support curriculum goals
  • foster personalized learning
  • is age-appropriate (including advertisements)
  • adheres to the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) [Policy] [Regulations].

Search by app name or category on the "List of Approved Apps".

Frequently Asked Questions

What is MyWay?

MyWay is the name of the long-term effort underway in the Wayzata Public Schools to make sure that each and every one of our over 10,000 students are prepared to thrive today and excel tomorrow in an ever-changing global society. As a part of MyWay, we commit to putting digital learning devices (iPads) in the hands of students. At its core, the overriding goal of MyWay is to provide a world-class and personalized student learning experience.

Why is MyWay important?

MyWay goes far beyond just giving students iPads...it is about putting the world in their hands. It's a learning initiative aimed at providing all students with personalized learning experiences that stimulate creativity and imagination. We want students to experience, connect and interact with the world in ways that traditional textbooks and curriculum alone can't provide.

Why was the iPad chosen for this program?

It was determined that the iPad is presently the tool with the greatest potential to meet the individual needs of students and provide a smooth integration into the district's technology environment. After considering the cost, limitations, available applications and portability, the iPad was chosen as the optimal device for our students.

What exactly will my student receive?

Each student will be issued a new 16GB iPad, WiFi only, with a district issued protective case. Students will be given the option to provide their own personal protective case and may purchase additional peripherals, such as a keyboard, if they so desire. All students will be issued a district protective case. Students will be expected to keep the iPad in the District issued protective case (or an equally protective case).

My student already has an iPad. Will he/she be able to use that one? (Grades 6-12)

No, Wayzata Public Schools no longer supports a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program.

Will my child be allowed to use other tablet devices than the iPad?

No. After careful research and discussion, Wayzata Public Schools has decided that the Apple iPad is our mobile technology learning device of choice and the only tablet device that will be supported.

Will students take the iPads home or will they remain in the classroom?

Students in grades 6–12 will take their iPads in their protective cases home with them daily. For the elementary-age students, they will use their iPads only in the classroom.

Will students get to keep their iPads over the summer?

Students completing grades 6–11 will be able to take their iPads home over the summer. We may need to update software and perform other maintenance and may ask that iPads be turned into the technology department for a short time.

What is expected of students?

Each day, students are expected to bring their fully-charged iPad to school in working order. There will be some extra power sources available in some classrooms, but there will not be power outlets at every desk. Students are expected to manage their device in a way that minimizes the likelihood of damage, loss or theft.

How can students secure their personal information?

Students will be instructed in basic iPad security, and will set a passcode to their iPad to help secure their personal information.

What if students forget to bring the iPad to school? (Grades 6-12)

If students fail to bring their device to school, they will be responsible for completing course work as though they had their device with them.

What is the cost to families for the iPad?

There is no cost to families for the iPad unless it is damaged, destroyed or stolen.

What happens if an iPad is damaged, destroyed or stolen? (iPad Insurance)

If an iPad is damaged, destroyed or stolen, it will be the responsibility of the student's family to pay for its replacement or repair.

Wayzata Public Schools recognizes the need to protect the District's investment in the iPads and to protect families from expenses associated with damages of the iPad. Parents may purchase iPad insurance through CPS. If the no insurance option is chosen, parent(s)/guardian(s) are responsible for all costs of repair and/or replacement.

Insurance may be purchased from CPS.

Are there accessories I should purchase with the iPad?

Yes, you should get a headset for listening to audio on the iPad. Headsets are widely available and can be purchased for around $10.

Am I required to have Internet access at home for the iPad program?

No, Internet access in the home is not required. Students will be able to access free wireless service at many local businesses. Students will have the opportunity to obtain necessary documents and information on their iPads to use offline. There are programs available to parents/guardians for reduced cost home Internet access via these providers:

  • Comcast Internet Essentials
  • TIES

How will Internet access for my student be filtered on the iPad?

iPads issued by the school district will be subject to the same content filtering as computers used in the schools. This filtering will be active on the iPads at all times on and off the school campus. Families will be provided information for internet filter options while using the device at home.

Will there be support for parents/guardians?

Yes. Support will be provided through parent/guardian workshops and district News updates. The district will provide valuable information to help parents/guardians manage the device at home and keep them informed of what is occurring at school.

Is an iTunes account required? (Grades 6-12)

No, all students will be provided with a managed Apple ID by the district. This managed Apple ID will be used for iCloud backups and other Apple services.

Do I have to buy any apps for the iPad?

No. The district will purchase all necessary apps for students.

Can students install their own apps? (Grades 6-12)

No, the district will provide approved apps through an in-house app store called Self Service. Self Service will be available on all student iPads and is where all school approved apps can be found and installed. Students can ask a teacher to submit an app for approval. Once that app is approved it will become available to students from within Self Service.

Where can I learn about how the iPad is being used in education?

Start with the Apple education site at www.apple.com/education/ipad.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

You can email your questions to helpdesk@wayzataschools.org.

What if my student has special needs such as a disability? How do I ensure accommodations are made for their unique needs?

Parents/guardians of students who have a disability should work with their student's IEP manager and/or Section 504 coordinator to determine what if any accommodations are needed when using the iPad.