Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 7 April 2022) . . Page.. 1037 ..
(2) Chromebooks were introduced to allow equity of access to devices for students. Chromebooks offer a common platform that allows use of familiar tools by students and teachers. Prior to the introduction of Chromebooks, devices and access varied across and within schools. A BYOD approach existed in high schools and colleges. There is more information on the ACT Education - Future of Education – Digital Access and Equity Program webpage - https://www.education.act.gov.au/public-school-life/learn-anywhere-ict-for-students/future-of-education-digital-access-and-equity-program
(3) Students enrolling in ACT public high schools (years 7 to 10) and colleges (years 11 and 12) can opt-in during enrolment to receive a Chromebook.
(4) The actual cost of a Chromebook is commercial-in-confidence and will not be disclosed.
(5) Over 22,000 Chromebooks have been distributed to secondary students through the Technology Enabled Learning Program and the Digital Access and Equity Program since February 2018. More than 14,000 further Chromebooks have been distributed to primary schools as part of the 1 device per 3 student program.
(6) The devices are owned by the ACT Government. There is no insurance on individual Chromebooks as this is not financially viable based on the value of the device against the cost of insurance and the risk of loss. Chromebooks are covered by a three-year warranty against faults.
(7) The Directorate’s policy is in line with the ACT Government’s Policy in these areas:
a. “lost” - Students and parents fill in and sign a statutory declaration form outlining where the device was possibly lost. Schools can request a replacement device through the Directorate program officers. A loan device will be provided while this is being resolved.
b. “stolen” - Same as for lost but the ACT Police are informed and can start an investigation to find the device.
c. “damaged” - Students return the damaged device to the school and sign a statutory declaration form outlining how the device was damaged. Schools can determine:
i. if the damage was deliberate by the student who used the device – the school will determine whether:
1. The device can be fixed OR
2. The student will be given a replacement Chromebook OR
3. The student has to wait for the refresh program to get a new device (or choose to purchase their own device outside the program) OR
ii. if the damage was caused by another person or by accident - the school can arrange through the Directorate a replacement device.
(8) Parents can pay for replacement or repairs; or they can choose to purchase a device outside the program.
(9) The Directorate does not have a policy where the parent is required to pay.
(10) Please see question 7.