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Laptop FAQ

Each FVL student is supplied with a laptop computer by FVL as part of their tuition. Every student who attends FVL will receive a laptop for use at school and home.

     Can students take their laptops home?

Yes. During the school year, students will be able to bring their devices home after school hours. They will be expected to have their laptop fully charged and ready for classes each day.

     What kind of laptop will students receive?

All students will receive a Windows 10 laptop with a touchscreen. The laptops run Windows 10 and will have the Microsoft Office suite and other necessary software for classes installed.

     Can students use their own laptops or tablets instead during class?

No. In order to provide a reliable and consistent experience for students and teachers, students are expected to have their school-provided device available for every class every day.

     When will laptops be distributed?

Laptops will be distributed to students during Orientation (August 19-20). Each device will be registered specifically to one student and is intended to be used only by that student. Prior to receiving their device, the Online Handbook Agreement needs to be completed in Skyward Family Access. 

     What if the laptop gets damaged or stops working?

If at any point a student's laptop becomes unusable due to hardward or software problems or becomes damaged, they should bring the laptop to the Media Center for diagnosis and repair. A temporary loaner laptop or a permanent replacement laptop will be issued to the student so they may continue performing their required school work. 

     Are there warranties provided for devices?

Mechanical and software problems associated with appropriate use of the laptops provided are completely covered under warranty, free of charge. Accidental damage to laptops including spills, drops, etc., will incur a per incident deductible of $50 with a maximum of two claims per year (each student will have the first claim deductible waived). Additional accidental damage claims will be charged at cost. Other damages not covered under the accidental damage policy including cosmetic damages to the laptop outer shell will be charged at cost at the end of the year. Families will be responsible to cover the replacement costs of lost or stolen equipment. 

     Does my student need a case for the laptop?

Yes. New FVL students will receive a case for their laptop on Orientation Day. Returning students should use their current case. Students' laptops must be in a case when not in use. 

      Will students use their laptops in every class every day?

It is unlikely that every teacher will incorporate the device within the classroom every single day for the entire class period. However, teachers do have the expectation that students have their devices charged as accessible each school day for class as needed.

As the faculty build capacity through professional development as students become more familiar with their own devices, use will likely increase on a daily basis. It is not the expectation that every teacher must incorporate device usage into every lesson. It should also not be assumed that students will have blanket permission to use their device in any class at any time.

     What if my student leaves the laptop at home or they forget to charge it?

Spare laptops will be available for "rent" from the Academic Resource Center. Terms and cost for a rental device are still in the process of being developed.

     Can my student place stickers or write on the outer shell of the laptop?

No, students may not place stickers, write on, or do anything else that would affect the condition of the laptop outer shell. Families will be charged at cost for devices with cosmetic damage upon return (see warranty/liability information above). 

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