Frequently Asked Questions
My son was issued a MacBook Air for the 2013-2014 school year. Can he just keep that device?The program does not officially begin until August 2014. Your son will need to return the device this year, but if you choose the lease-to-own option he will be able to keep the device in future years.QUESTION:My senior can lease a new MacBook Air for $800 and graduate with a one-year-old device. I also have a freshman. Why wouldn't I wait until the freshman’s senior year and pay $800 to have a newer device when the freshman graduates?The offer for both juniors and seniors is only for the 2014-2015 school year and the decision must be made by June 15, 2014. We only have 300 MacBook Airs for the junior year and 300 MacBook Airs for the senior year that can be leased. The junior and senior one-time lease-to-own offer is related to transitioning all students, 9-12, onto lease cycles which will all eventually work like the freshman year paying $500 over 4 years and graduating with a four-year-old device.
What are the specifications for the devices that are available for lease-to-own?
Classes of 2015, 2016, 2018
11-inch: 128GB, 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz), Intel HD Graphics 5000, 4GB memory, 128GB flash storage
Class of 2017
11-inch: 64 GB, 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.6 GHz), Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB memory, 64GB flash storage
Why can’t I bring my own device?
By providing devices, the district ensures equity for all students, gains the ability to ‘push’ resources to all devices, guarantees access to a device even if one is out for repair, and supports the platform required by state testing companies.QUESTION:
Why does my child have to bring the device home when we have one he/she can use?QUESTION:
Why can't my senior child do lease-to-own, take ownership of the MacBook Air, and pass it down to his/her younger brother or sister in high school?Regardless of district owned or lease-to-own arrangements, the district retains device ownership. After graduation, the ownership reverts to the student/parent. When the device becomes privately owned and still needs to be used within the school setting, it creates the following issues:
If we do not own the MacBook Air, we cannot assure its instructional reliablity because we no longer repair it or carry deductible insurance for repairs, loss and/or theft. We use MacBook Airs for testing; for test security reasons we cannot test on personally owned devices. We "push" software and allow access to propriety licenses for which we pay a fee for student use through district funds. When the computer is privately owned, we can no longer "push" software or allow students on privately owned devices access to fee-based propriety licenses. This would most certainly compromise the instructional experience for students on private devices. We are not an exclusively a web-based, open-source district. We use the highest quality educational resources for our students to match curricular need. For example, if we purchase eTexts with district funds, we cannot "push" those onto private networks or retain control of the inventory when it goes onto a private device. If we were a district where all students were required to privately buy their textbooks, this would not be an obstacle, but Barrington 220 does not require textbook purchases from parents' funds.