Chromebook Evaluation Process
Each year District 205 evaluates a variety of Chromebook makes and models with the goal of finding a durable device with good performance at a reasonable cost. To manage cost D205 did not consider Chromebooks with touch-screens or other higher-end features. D205 technology staff attended a mobile device showcase in February 2016 to learn about and examine Chromebook models from several manufacturers, including Dell, Lenovo, Asus, Acer, HP, and Samsung. D205 acquired sample units from Dell, Lenovo, and Acer to evaluate hands-on.
Chromebook Damage Assesment
In 2015-2016 York students experienced a screen damage rate of approximately 8%. The Technology department surveyed other districts to learn about damage rates seen in other 1:1 Chromebook schools. Of the districts reporting statistics, the damage rate ranged from 5% to 10% with an average of 7.8%. Damage rates are fairly even across Chromebook make and model. This suggests that District 205’s damage rate is about average and changing Chromebook models would not necessarily lead to less damage.
Based on the evaluation process, damage assessment, and support considerations the Technology department concluded that Dell is again the best option for the 2016-2017 school year, and the Acer Chromebook for the 2017-2018 school year.. Support considerations include consistency in training the Technology Services Internship students on repair procedures and in maintaining parts inventory for repairs.
Chromebook Cost and Payment Plan
York families are required to purchase a Chromebook for $300 per student. A deferred payment plan is available for families needing time to pay the cost. The cost includes the Chromebook, Chrome management license, processing, support, and Illinois sales tax. The Chromebook Cost and Payment Plans page provides details about the costs as well as options for families to pay for the Chromebook.
Elementary and middle school Chromebooks and cases are owned by the District. Chromebooks are stored in charging carts. During the day middle school students carry their assigned Chromebook to their classes in the protective case provided by the District.
Chromebook Repair and Costs
As stated in Administrative Procedure 6:235-AP1 (Access to District Network and Technology), individuals may be held personally liable for the cost of repairing damaged equipment or replacing lost equipment with equipment of like value and functionality. Chromebook repairs or replacement will be handled as follows:
- York students and their parents/guardians are responsible for the cost of repair or replacement associated with a student-owned Chromebook.
- Because elementary and middle school Chromebooks will remain within the schools (the devices will not be taken home), these Chromebooks will be repaired with D205 technology repair funds. However, if damage to school property was due to vandalism or other student act it is within the District’s right to seek restitution from students and their parents/guardians in accordance with Board policy 7:170 (Vandalism).
- Chromebooks will be repaired by York students in the Technology Services Internship class or by District 205 technology support staff. The cost of repairs performed within District 205 includes the cost of parts only (no markup on parts and no labor charge). For more information about pricing, visit our Repair Costs page