Protect your (student’s) Chromebook
Newton Public Schools is proud to be rolling out Chromebooks in high school classrooms. During this year’s pilot, unfortunately, many 10thgraders have ended up with a cracked screen or broken device, often due to rough handling in backpacks. It turns out that broken devices are not worth repairing; uninsured devices must be replaced by NPS at a cost of $275 each.
Here are 7 ways to protect this valuable learning tool.
- Be aware that students are being entrusted with an expensive piece of technology that must be handled carefully.
- Purchase a sleeve, screen protector, and/or backpack with a padded technology compartment.
- Do not place the device on the edge of a table or bed, or on the floor.
- Store the Chromebook safely when not in use.
- When placing the Chromebook in a backpack, be sure to close the Chromebook with the screen facing in; place the device in the padded technology compartment.
- Gently place books in the backpack; don’t drop them on the Chromebook.
- Purchase insurance.
Chromebook insurance provides protection
- Current 9thgraders (Class of 2022): Online insurance purchases must be made by June 30, 2019.
- Current 10thgraders (Class of 2021): Online insurance purchases must be made by July 31, 2019.
Newton Public Schools (NPS) strongly recommends that families purchase insurance to protect their student’s Chromebook. NPS has partnered with the Worth Ave. Group to provide insurance that will cover the following:
- Accidental damage (drops/spills)
- Cracked Screen
- Fire, flood and natural disaster
- Liquid submersion
- Power surge due to lightning strikes
This third-party insurance policy will provide replacement cost coverage and protect the Chromebook worldwide (on and off school grounds).
Prices are as follows:
- $29 for 1 year
- $54 for 2 years
- $78 for 3 years