Laptop Use and Care

MacBook Use and Care Guidelines

Through the Howe Public Schools' 1 to 1 MacBook program, students and teachers have a wonderful opportunity to use technology continually in the classroom with individual laptops for students and teacher. However, if these laptops are not properly cared for, they will get broken and we will lose access to them. As such, we expect all students and teachers to abide by the following guidelines/ requirements for their use and care.

  1. Students should NEVER touch the screen on their laptop. They are breakable with too much pressure. We have witnessed several students attempting to "clean" their screens, with one having actually broken it.
  2. Do not press hard on the outside of the screen (for example, when trying to clean off finger prints). Pressing too hard can also break the screen.
  3. Laptops should NEVER be out when liquids are present. Liquids should not be used by students directly or indirectly (ie damp cloth, etc.) to clean them.
  4. When laptops are not being used, they should be closed. They are much more durable when they are closed and are far less likely to get knocked off a desk or other surface.
  5. Don't set the laptops anywhere but on a desk, table, or counter. They will get broken if left on seats, on the floor, etc.
  6. Be aware of yours and your laptop's surroundings. Don't place them near the edge of a desk or table, or in a cluttered space. You are far more likely to accidentally push a laptop off of a desk or table with lots of books, supplies, pencil cases, bags, and other items on it. If there are a lot of people moving about the classroom, close your laptop, if you can, or at least move it to the center of your desk/table to prevent someone else from knocking it down.
  7. Do not not place anything on top of or underneath a laptop. Pressure from items on top can lead to broken screens and items underneath the laptop will dramatically increase the likelihood of a fall. Anything on top of the device will obscure it from view (or damage it if the object is heavy) and out of sight = out of mind.
  8. Avoid areas without carpet. If at all possible, do not use laptops in places where the ground is hard, ie tiled hallways, outdoors, etc. Be extra careful when transporting laptops across hard surface areas. The laptops are far more likely to break if they are dropped on a hard surface than a soft one.
  9. When moving a laptop from one location to another, always close it first. An open laptop is difficult to handle safely and is easily dropped/ broken.
  10. If we all work together to take care of the laptops, they will certainly give us many years of service.

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