New: Student Equipment Damage or Loss Fee
Thank you to all of our families who have taken extra good care of your RSD chromebooks and chargers. Our technology team appreciates your effort and support!
Throughout the past 18 months, however, some of our chargers and chromebooks have been lost or damaged beyond repair, including cracked screens, missing keys and removed hinges. We understand that accidents can happen, but when this occurs, it costs the district additional money to replace, repair or buy new chromebooks.
Moving forward, the school district will charge a fee for lost, broken or willfully damaged chromebooks and chargers. The new Student Equipment Damage or Loss Fee will cover a portion of the repair and replacement costs. This fee will begin with chromebooks or chargers damaged or lost after Monday, November 1. If you’ve previously swapped out a chromebook, you will not need to pay any fees.
The fees are:
- $200 lost device and lost charger
- $175 lost device or willful destruction of device
- $50 for a visibly damaged device (broken screen, missing keys, damage from drop, burns, missing parts etc.)
- $25 lost or visibly damaged charger
Chromebook swaps can be completed at your child’s school. Any issued fees must be paid in full, in-person at the school’s main office during school hours. Only cash or money orders will be accepted. If you’ve previously swapped out a damaged or lost chromebook, you will not need to make any payments. The new fee structure begins with any chromebooks damaged or lost after November 1.
The Student Equipment Damage or Loss Fee is similar to other district-issued fees, such as library fees, and could result in students not being able to participate in certain district/school activities, including graduation and field trips, or not receiving their high school diploma until balances are paid in full. Balances are not wiped out at the end of the current school year and will carry over until paid in full.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and working with the district to keep our student technology equipment in good shape. If you have any questions, please contact the main office at your child’s school. This information is also available on our district website at www.readingsd.org/technology.