Lake County Schools offer “fee free” return on district issued laptops

TAVARES, Fla. — Lake County schools are allowing students whose laptops may be broken or are no longer needed to return them with no penalties or fees.

The fee-free return period is a district-wide effort to track inventory of its devices and ensure all students have access to the technology they need.

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The district says there are around 5,200 students waiting to be issued laptops.

Lake County Schools provides Chromebooks to students in an effort to give each student universal access to technology.

Students were allowed to keep their Chromebooks over the summer to take advantage of extra learning opportunities, but were expected to return the devices by the start of school.

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Normally students are charged for any damage to the devices, but the district hopes the program will encourage more students to return them.

“In an attempt to make sure that we have every device in the fleet available for students, we are offering this one-time amnesty program for repairs.” said Duane Weeks, Executive Director of Information and Instructional Technology.

The program runs from Sept. 9 through Sept. 14.

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