Middle School iPads

Because an iPad is lightweight and durable and remains charged for the entire school day, it has proven an ideal work tool for the middle schooler. Sayre Middle School teachers enjoy the many ways students can collaborate when they are all equipped with such a device. Across the curriculum, teachers also leverage a core group of iPad apps and ebooks which serve both to enhance and deepen students’ learning experiences.

We issue an iPad to each entering middle schooler. The student will use that iPad through grade 8. Teachers of grades 6 through 8 have students take iPads home to use for homework. Teachers of grade 5 store iPads at school for classroom work and activities.

Sayre owns, manages and supervises student iPads, and students return them to the school when they complete 8th grade.

The devices are configured for middle schoolers’ grade levels and by teacher recommendations. Additional apps are installed throughout the year by teacher request. Certain restrictions are applied to the devices which limit or disallow a user’s ability to modify the iPad’s settings and content, and system apps deemed unnecessary (such as Messages and Game Center) are not accessible.

AppleCare

Student iPads are covered by a 3-year Applecare+ warantee provided exclusively to schools.

When an iPad is accidentally broken, the student should immediately bring the device to
Mr. Becker so that a loaner can be set up and the broken device replaced. When an iPad covered by Applecare+ is physically damaged, the Apple Store arranges a replacement for $50. Applecare covers this low-cost replacement only twice. Sayre will pay for one accidental breakage.

If a student should accidentally break her iPad a second time, the family is responsible to pay the $50. While it is uncommon, a third break requires the family to pay the school the full price of replacing the device. In this instance, Sayre would purchase the device from Apple at educational discount, or roughly $300 (2019-20). If a student breaks an iPad out of negligence or flagrant violation of school guidelines, the student’s family is responsible for any costs incurred.

Please take a few moments to read the iPad Guidelines with your middle schooler. Written by teachers, these guidelines remind students not only what is expected of them at school, but also how to care for their devices and ready them for classes.

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