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Ask us: What happens if RSS student damages, loses, has device stolen?

Rowan-Salisbury Schools says 59 laptops were lost or stolen in the previous three years as well as 49 iPads that were lost or stolen over the same time period.

That equates to a loss rate of 0.87% for laptops and 0.38% for iPads, said school system spokeswoman Rita Foil, who was responding to a reader question. The reader asked for a number of details surrounding the school’s systems 1-1 use of devices — one device for every student.

The usage fee to rent an iPad or laptop from Rowan-Salisbury Schools is $20 per year.

In addition to the rent fee, students are charges for repairs only if the damage was avoidable. As an example, Foil said it would be considered not avoidable if a device’s screen cracked because a person’s backpack knocked it off of a table.

If, however, a student tossed a device to their friend and a screen cracked, it would be considered avoidable and the student would be charged $50 for an iPad. Repair costs for a laptop depends on damage, but she said damage can range from from $30 to $280.

She said the district keeps some older devices from previous technology leases to serve as “loaner devices” in the case of a repair, which usually take more than a week. The district also has a small number of newer devices that are not issued to students and kept in case they are needed for replacement, fluctuating enrollment, training, special projects and software testing.

If a device is stolen, Foil said, the school system reports the incident to police or the sheriff’s office and issues another device to the student. If a device or accessory is lost, the school system charges students for the item. In the case of theft, the school system issues a loaner until the district receives a police report. Then, students are issues new devices.

Over the previous three years, Foil said, the district has seen $41,241 in laptops lost or stolen and $14,406 in iPads that were lost or stolen.

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