CHS 1:1 Question and Answer

For Parents

What is the per student cost of 1:1?

As a parent myself, I am very mindful of the money we ask CHS parents to invest because I have to invest it as well. I know my child will be taking her device with her to lots of different places where she might get a little careless. In a BYOD environment, if her device is stolen or forgotten somewhere, I would have to buy her a new one. No store-bought add-on coverage would replace it. If she set it precariously dangling off a table and it fell and cracked, I would have to pay for a replacement screen and the damage to the case. Add-on coverage MIGHT cover one incident of accidental damage if I am lucky. With device insurance, however, it will be replaced with the $25 deductible. If you have ever had to repair an iPhone, you know that’s a steal!

Just like Windows devices, there is a wide range of pricing and specs on the market for Chromebooks. The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 RT751 is not a big box, off-the-shelf device. The model was brand new to the market in August 2017. While managing to stay in the lower mid-range for Chromebook pricing, it is a ruggedized, convertible tablet form factor with Corning Gorilla Glass, 4GB RAM, and 32GB disk space. The full spec sheet is available by clicking the name of the device.
The school will purchase all items needed for participation and retain ownership for no less than 3 years for a total cost of $600 per student. The $600 cost includes:
  • the device (Acer Chromebook Spin 11 RT751);
  • protective case (Higher Ground Flak Jacket Plus 3.0);
  • management licensing;
  • content filtering and monitoring (GoGuardian);
  • paid educational apps and extensions;
  • access to digital texts;
  • technical support;
  • and last, but certainly not least, insurance. The insurance covers fire, water, and theft protection as well as accidental damage for a $25 deductible.

Does the technology fee cover 1:1?

No. The student technology fee offsets the cost of optical Internet, technology infrastructure, classroom instructional equipment and technology consumables used by students on a daily basis. Additional software subscription and licensing fees are offset by supplements from the annual Academic Raffle. All of these items and services directly benefit students.

What will 1:1 cost my family?

Devices are anticipated to have a three-year classroom lifespan as this is the term of the insurance agreement.  Excluding insurance deductible claims, you will never pay more than $610 (in three annual installments of $200 with a $10 buy-out option) for your child’s device over its classroom lifespan. This cost is less than $1 a day for the time it will be in your child’s possession.

What are the participation options for the Class of 2019 during the 2018-2019 school year?

This year only, you can select from the @School Loaner Program or the FULL 1:1 Program. Both options include use of a protective case and device insurance. Selections are due no later than May 1, 2018, and can be made at A failure to indicate a selection by the deadline will result in an automatic full opt-in.

The @School Loaner Program will provide your senior with a school-assigned device for periods 1-7 each day at school only. Students will have access to their GSuite accounts from home devices, but we cannot guarantee that they will have access to 100% of the apps and extensions paid for by the school. The fee for this option is $50 for the year. Additional fees will apply for failure to comply with check-in and check-out procedures.

The FULL 1:1 Program will provide your senior with a school-assigned device for all 294 school days, holidays, nights, and weekends throughout the school year.  The fee for this option is $200 for the year.

My child is a senior. We are only in this for one year. What happens to the device at the end of the school year?

All student devices must be turned in by the end of the last day of exams. Members of the class of 2019 will be offered the option to buy-out the device lease at that time. Devices that are not bought out will be retained for a loaner pool. Buyout cost will depend on the participation option selected – $560 if you have selected the @School Loaner Program or $410 if you have selected the FULL 1:1 Program.

How does a device buy-out work?

The total cost of buying out the lease of a student device, all accessories, and the protective bag is $610. All installment payments made over the life of the device count towards the buy-out. For the Class of 2019, see details above.

Do I pay less for the buy-out if I select the @School Loaner Program this year?

No. The @School Loaner Program is intended to ease the transition for families who may already have suitable devices at home for this school year. The total cost per student remains the same, as does the total buy-out cost.

What if I do not buy-out my child’s device?

Devices that are not bought out by families will be used as loaners as their condition permits or sold/donated elsewhere.

What is the life expectancy of a Chromebook?

The life expectancy of a Chromebook is actually much longer than 3 years. CHS has Chromebooks from our initial trials that are going on 7 and 5 years old, respectively. They are still receiving updates from Google and are in perfect working order. It all depends on how well the device is cared for.
In the life of a high school 1:1 program, three years is the bare minimum life expectancy of a device, with many going 4 years. The Class of 2021, our current freshmen, will be the ones to truly test those waters. As those parents were informed, if we feel student devices will last a fourth year, the last installment will be split in two between the junior and senior year.
Our full implementation, Phase III if you will, will occur in the 2019-2020 school year. That year we will include 7th and 8th-grade students in the 1:1 program, establishing two 3-year rotations for students in grades 7 through 12.
For Students

Do I get to keep my assigned device over the summer?

No. Devices will be collected each year by the last day of exams for inspection and routine maintenance. Students will be able to pick up their devices on designated days before school begins.

Do I get the same device for all three years?

Yes.  Provided your device is not replaced due to damages or theft, you will be reissued the same device each year.

Can I buy and use my own case or bag?

No, not even on holidays and weekends. The terms of the insurance agreement require that the device be contained only in the school-purchased protective bag during storage and transport at all times. In addition, the protective bag makes it easy to identify as a Catholic High School device.

Am I required to have a lock on my locker?

Students are not required to have a lock on their lockers this year.  However, students who wish to have a lock on their lockers must obtain one through Mrs. Ronilaine Gonsoulin in the high school office.  Locks require a $5 deposit, which will be returned in full at the end of the school year once the lock is turned in. Students may not provide their own lock.

Please contact Erin Henry at with any questions you might have that are not answered here.

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