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Proper Care of Device

Standards for Proper Computer Care
Students are responsible for the general care of the device issued by the Ottumwa Community School District. Devices that are in need of repair must be taken to the Technology Department’s Help Desk.

These guidelines should be followed closely at all times:

  • Students should not have food or drink next to their device.
  • Students should take extreme care when inserting cords, cables, and removable storage devices into their device.
  • Students should never carry their device while the screen is open unless directed to do so by a teacher. If directed by a teacher, the device should be supported from the bottom of the case.
  • Students should never carry their device by the screen.
  • Students should never shove or wedge their device into a locker or book bag.
  • Students should never expose their device to extreme temperatures or direct sunlight. Extreme heat or cold may cause damage to the device.
  • Students should always bring their device to room temperature prior to turning it on.
  • Students should not place any stickers or make any engravings in the device.

Carrying the Device

The protective case will only provide basic protection from everyday hazards. It is not designed to prevent all damage from drops or abusive handling. Protective cases are provided for take home devices and should be used at all times when transporting the device.

Screen Care
The device screen can be damaged if subjected to rough treatment. Always follow these guidelines for proper screen care:

  • Do not lean on top of the device.
  • Do not place anything near the device that could put pressure on the screen.
  • Do not place anything in the carrying case that will press against the cover.
  • Do not place anything on the keyboard before closing the lid (e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks).
  • Clean the screen with a soft, dry anti-static, or micro-fiber cloth. Do not use window cleaner, water, or any type of liquid on the device not specifically designed for cleaning laptop computer screens.

Failure to follow these guidelines may result in device damage and parents/guardians being responsible for the full cost of the repair or replacement.