Optional Summer iPad Checkout is Back for 2018-19

Optional Summer iPad Checkout is Back for 2018-19
Posted on 05/15/2018
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Families with students who currently take iPads home in grades 3-11 may now opt to checkout their issued iPads for the summer months! Last year more than 60% of eligible families and students opted to checkout their issued iPads. Using FeePay to agree to the updated 2018-19 iPad Loan Agreement and having your child complete the summer iPad checkout process at their current school will also ensure that your child is set with the iPad checkout for the entire 2018-19 school year.

The option for Summer iPad checkout supports our efforts to foster open-ended, personalized learning opportunities; curiosity; exploration and continued access to creative tools and resources. 

In addition to typical summer activities, the flexibility of the summer months offers a great time to take advantage of a variety of learning resources from e-books to online resources, to free courses, to the use of digital tools in the creation of original writings, drawings, photos, videos, and music.

In our efforts to better personalize learning opportunities for students, Farmington Area Public Schools will have completed its 6th year deploying iPads in a 1:1 ratio. Unlike earlier years, this year we do not have to collect iPads due to changes in our Mobile Device Management software, new operating system updates, or “end of lease” collections. As a result, we are again happy to be able to provide families the option of summer iPad checkout. However, similar to previous years, those not opting for summer checkout will have iPads collected at their building before the end of school. 

We are excited about this option not only because of the potential for open-ended exploration and creative learning, but also because of the time saved from having to “redistribute iPads” during the first few crucial weeks of school. With the summer iPad checkout, fewer returning students will need to be scheduled through a “fall checkout” process when schools are back in session. This will shorten the amount of time that students and teachers are without iPads in the classroom. Those opting for summer iPad checkout will be set until spring 2019. 

The updated 2018-19 iPad Loan Agreement, which includes information regarding summer iPad checkout along with other helpful information for iPads deployed during the regular school year, is available online for review. In addition, the FeePay  “iPad” activities are also live for each site allowing parents, guardians, and students the ability to agree to the terms of the 2018-19 iPad Loan Agreement and either ENROLL in or WAIVE participation in the “full year” version of the iPad Protection Plan.

Please see our expanded list of Frequently Asked Questions for more details on the optional summer iPad checkout, the “full year” iPad Protection Plan, and repair procedures. Later this month, individual schools will share end-of-year collection information for those not choosing to take advantage of this opportunity.

It is recommended families opting to checkout their student’s iPad for the summer use FeePay to review and agree to the 2018-19 iPad Loan Agreement and determine if you want to waive or enroll in the iPad Protection Plan by Friday, May 25th. In that iPad collection dates vary by site, please be on the lookout for additional information from your child(ren)’s school on the deadline for completing the iPad Loan Agreement through FeePay.

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