Damaged and lost school learning devices cost thousands to replace

The Savannah Chatham County Public Schools Department is losing nearly $400,000 in lost, stolen, and damaged learning devices. iPads and chrome books have been given to students to help them learn virtually during the pandemic. David Feliciano, SCCPPS’ chief strategy and performance officer, said the students needed them when the pandemic hit. “We had to go to online learning and the students needed devices,” Feliciano said. An estimated 33,000 devices were released in 2021. According to an open records request, WJCL 22 News found that most of the devices were returned except for about 1500 or 3% as of. lost, stolen or damaged. Depending on the region, those lost, stolen, or damaged devices cost approximately $400.00. “$400,000 is a lot. Any amount is a lot. We don’t want to lose the devices. So, we are working on the best way to get those devices back,” Feliciano said. Turn on the device, they will find it unlocked, with the SCCPSS logo appearing on the screen.Feliciano said local pawn shops were warned not to buy it or use it as collateral for a loan, but calls came in from outside Chatham County.Deactivate the device confirming it is one of our devices,we have handed it to Campus police to follow up. “I think it is important that the community understands that these devices for our students should not be bought and sold,” said Feliciano. “The district hopes that the number of lost devices will decrease because some of the students who may have kept them over the summer will be reduced to return them. We want them to come back. “It’s important that they get them back because we can’t afford a loss like this every year,” Feliciano said. The district encourages parents to purchase a device protection plan for $25. Pays the cost of replacement.

The Savannah Chatham County Public Schools Department is losing nearly $400,000 in lost, stolen, and damaged learning devices. iPads and chrome books have been given to students to help them learn virtually during the pandemic.

David Feliciano, SCCPPS’ chief strategy and performance officer, said the students needed them when the pandemic spread.

“We had to go to the remote control. We had to go to online learning and the students needed devices,” Feliciano said.

An estimated 33,000 devices were released in 2021. According to an open records request, WJCL 22 News found that most of the devices were returned except for about 1,500 or 3% considered lost, stolen, or damaged. Depending on the region, the cost of lost, stolen, or damaged hardware is approximately $400,000.

“$400,000 is a lot. Any amount is a lot. We don’t want to lose devices. So, we are working on the best way to get those devices back,” Feliciano said.

Feliciano said the devices are engraved with area information. If someone other than the students tries to turn on the device, they will find it locked, with the SCCPSS logo on the screen.

Feliciano said local pawn shops were warned not to buy it or use it as collateral for a loan, but the calls came from outside Chatham County.

“We were contacted that they wanted us to deactivate the device. Once we were sure it was one of our devices, we handed it over to the campus police for follow-up. I think it’s important for the community to understand that these devices for our students should not be sold and bought,” Feliciano said.

The district hopes that the number of lost devices will decrease as some students who may have kept them over the summer will return them.

We want them to come back. “It is important that they are brought back because we cannot afford to lose like this every year,” said Feliciano.

The district encourages parents to purchase a device protection plan for $25. Pay replacement cost.

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