By Sean Reihm, Jamie Mason, and Carina Leaman
As the school year comes to a close, graduation commences, final proms are attended, and many fond memories are made as the last days of confinement in school come to pass.
However, amidst this joy, there is great pain. The IPads issued at the start of the school year, which the students have become so dearly attached to, are to be reclaimed by the district for the summer.
The first worry many students have regarding the collection of the iPads is regarding any damages the iPads may have incurred throughout the school year. But even though students may worry about the consequences these damages may bring, it is important that students remain honest.
“If a student ipad is damaged in some way, like a broken screen or something like that, students will need to submit, write out what happened and it is very important that students be honest in what happened so that insurance will cover the damage,” Technology Integration Specialist Susan Aplin said. “If the student is not honest and the story of what happened does not match the damage the insurance company sees on the iPad then they will not cover it, and the student will have to be responsible for the cost of the iPad, so we just want to be clear with that.”
But the main issue students have with this new announcement is the loss of the iPad they’ve become dependent on throughout the school year.
“I don’t like it,” junior Emani Friday said. “I want mine back because I’ve grown into my ipad. I don’t want them to take it.”
The reactions amongst students to the news are mostly, if not all, negative.
“Honestly, I think it’s a really bad idea,” junior Zoey Johnson said, “We do have summer reading and summer homework, and how are we supposed to use the iPad to better ourselves in academics if we don’t have it to better ourselves in academics.”
A rare few, like sophomore Ryan Hodge, are indifferent to relinquishing their IPads.
“I think it’s all right,” Ryan said, “I would use it for games just because I’d have no schoolwork to do; that’s really about it.”
Aplin assures that IPads are to be taken up out of necessity.
“Apple has made some changes in how they license and control iPads that are issued in a school setting,” Aplin said, “In order to convert them to the new Apple system, they have to be collected.”
However, collecting the IPad’s could be less beneficial than anticipated.
“They’re wiping everything out,” Emani said. “It’s not really beneficial because everyone’s just going to go back and download everything again next year. There’s just no point.”
According to Aplin, the senior iPads will begin collection on May 19th, with senior iPads being due by May 30th, and underclassmen will start May 27th and be due by June 4th. But some days would be better than others.
“Within the collection dates, the sooner you can return your ipad the better it will be for everyone so that we aren’t waiting until the last day and trying to collect hundreds of ipads all at once,” Aplin said.
Students have grown attached to the iPads they were issued.
“I don’t like it, because I want mine back because I’ve grown into my iPad. I don’t want them to take it,” Emani said.
But even though students want to continue using the iPad they have grown used to over the course of the year, it is still necessary for them to give in the technology and remember that it was never theirs to keep in the first place.
“Just a reminder, the iPads do not belong to the students,” Aplin said, “Any fears of ‘I’m having to turn in my iPad,’ it’s not your iPad. It’s the school’s iPad, so while you may have wanted to keep it, it’s just not possible at this point and we need to do what’s best for everyone.”