COLTON - Dozens of teenagers scurried through the hallways and crowded into the Colton-Pierrepont Central School library Thursday night to get their spot in line to receive their Google Chromebook laptops for the new school year.
The distribution of the laptops followed a 30 minute presentation on internet safety by attorney Gary Miles and St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole M. Duve.
Superintendent Joseph A. Kardash addressed the students, mentioning since this is the third year of the program returners should be aware of the care and requirements for the machines. However, he briefly went over some of those details for the new student,.
Some of the things that we have to talk about with these is how do you take care of them. You keep your Chromebook in your bag. Dont take it out of your bag because if you take it out of your bag then youre going to be more liable to what happened to it. The bag is a protective case. So keep the Chromebook in the bag when youre at home, when youre in class, whenever youre using it, keep it in the bag. Its a little extra padding just in case it falls, Mr. Kardash said.
I will tell you guys, Ive been pretty impressed. We havent broken as many of these as we wouldve estimated. But what we do break are screens. You break screens by dropping them, you break screens by dropping books on them or by getting them bent a little bit. Screens will break.
Mr. Kardash added, in general, students have been responsible and cautious with the laptops in the past, enabling the continuation of the program.
Thats good on your part. Please keep up that good work. You guys know that youre responsible for what happens to these. We have an insurance program. If you pay the $25, your liability, your accidental liability is limited to $100, Mr. Kardash said. If not (and) the machine gets broken, its $450. Its $25 well spent.
For those students who qualify for a free or reduced lunch, the $25 fee is waived.
Only students in grades 7-12 are permitted to take the laptops home with them. Ninth and 10th graders received theirs together, and juniors and seniors went later in the evening.
Mr. Kardash also stated that students should plan on having the same Chromebook assigned to them each year.
Right now were going into our third year (with the laptops), and theyre holding up very well. Were hoping to get four years out of them. They will get juggled after that but theres a realistic expectation of how long theyll last. Were hoping to get four years out of the laptops, he explained.