Optional Summer iPad Checkout is Back!

Optional Summer iPad Checkout is Back for 2020-21!
Posted on 05/22/2020
Optional Summer iPad Checkout is Back for 2020-21!

Families with students who currently take iPads home in grades K-11 may now opt to checkout their district issued iPads for the summer months! This is our fifth year offering optional summer iPad checkout and our first year offering it to students in grades K-2. Last year 65% of eligible families and students opted to check out their issued iPads. Using FeePay to agree to the updated 2020-21 iPad Loan Agreement will ensure that your child is set with the iPad check out for the entire 2020-21 academic year. 


The option for Summer iPad checkout supports our efforts to foster open-ended, personalized learning opportunities; curiosity; exploration and continued access to creative tools and resources. It is also in line with the Minnesota Department of Education’s Minnesota Distance Teaching and Learning Implementation Guidance, which strongly encourages districts to allow students to continue to have access to technology that helps them stay connected to their schools, friends, family and the community during the summer months. 


Given the current uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and its potential impact on schools in the fall, we highly encourage families to consider checking out their student’s district issued iPad for the summer. With the optional summer iPad checkout, fewer returning students will need to be scheduled through a “fall checkout” process when schools are back in session. This will shorten the amount of time that students and teachers are without iPads next fall. Those opting for summer iPad checkout will be set until spring 2021. 


The updated 2020-21 iPad Loan Agreement, which includes information regarding summer iPad checkout along with other helpful information for iPads deployed during the regular school year, is available online for review. In addition, the FeePay  “iPad” activities are also live for each site allowing parents, guardians, and students the ability to agree to the terms of the 2020-21 iPad Loan Agreement and either ENROLL in or WAIVE participation in the “full year” version of the iPad Protection Plan. This year we are offering the “full year” version of the iPad Loan Agreement with the iPad Protection Plan at the same rate as the “regular school year” version: $35.


Please note that if you have not used FeePay since it was updated in January, you may need to create a new password and reconnect your account to your children using their student ID number. The FeePay Customer Help Center and FeePay’s Frequently Asked Questions for Parents provide helpful information for completing this step. 


Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for more details on the optional summer iPad checkout, the “full year” iPad Protection Plan, and repair procedures. Later this month, individual schools will share end-of-year collection information for those not choosing to take advantage of this opportunity.


For families opting to check out their student’s iPad for the summer, please know that iPad collection dates vary by school. Therefore, it is strongly advised to please use FeePay to review and agree to the 2020-21 iPad Loan Agreement, determine if you want to waive or enroll in the iPad Protection Plan, and complete the “checkout” process by Friday, May 22nd.

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