Student Laptop Information
When a student enrolls at GMS, they will be issued a laptop, a charger for the laptop, and a laptop sleeve. Our current laptops are HP Stream 11 Pro G4s and were purchased in 2018. Every classroom teacher makes use of these devices for student learning in varying degrees.
Students are responsible for their laptops and will keep the same laptop for the entire 3-year life cycle.
At the beginning of the school year, students will receive their laptop, sleeve, and charger. At the end of the school year, we collect all three items. Missing or damaged items will be assessed charges. Students should make sure they have backed up any important data to their Microsoft OneDrives before they turn in their computers.
Collection dates for the 2018-19 school year will be as follows:
May 14, 2019: 8th Grade
May 15, 2019: 7th Grade
May 16, 2019: 6th Grade
The school system offers parents the choice to purchase a Device Protection Plan for their student's laptop every year. The cost of this plan is $30/year per student and it covers the cost of repairs caused by accidents and negligence, up to a maximum value of $219 over the lifecycle of the computer, usually 3 years. This will cover things like lost chargers, broken displays, lost computers, etc. Once the $219 value of the plan is exhausted, parents will be responsible for paying the costs of repairs.
Typical costs of repairs are as follows:
Broken display: $59
Lost charger: $36
Damaged Keyboard: $45
The GMS GSIA has purchased Targus laptop sleeves for students to use to transport their computers. These sleeves have a lifetime warranty, so a student can exchange a defective sleeve for a new one. They should see the GMS Tech Leader, Mrs. Loewenkamp in this case.
The protection plan does not cover the sleeves! If a student loses their sleeve, the cost to purchase a new one is $13.
Beginning with the second nine-week term in the 2018-19 school year, GMS implemented an Incentive Program to inspire students to think about how they are treating their computers and to hopefully reduce student-caused damage. Students who have not had any reported damage to their laptops are eligible for a drawing every Friday for candy. Ten names are drawn from each grade level. At the end of the 9-week term, we will draw for 2-$25 gift cards per grade level. At the end of the semester we will draw for one large prize from all the students who had no reported damage to their computer during the semester. At the end of the year we will draw for a PS4 from amongst all the students with no damage reported to their computer for the entire school year!