Plainfield School District 202 students next year will be able to rent district laptops for up to three days for special projects, thanks to a suggestion from student leaders.
The District Board’s new student ambassadors presented the plan to the members earlier this spring, according to a district news release. The board approved it at its May 28 regular meeting.
“Some families and their students cannot afford computers or internet access at home, so this is a great way to make all our students have appropriate resources to support their learning in and out of the classroom,” said Glenn Wood, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.
Starting Sept. 1, high school students will be able to check out refurbished district laptops as they would books. Students can keep the laptops for up to three days free of charge, if they are returned undamaged. Students will pay $100 if a laptop is damaged beyond repair or lost. After that, they cannot check out laptops again.
“This is exactly what we hoped for when we created the board ambassador program,” Wood said. “Students often know far better what their peers actually want and need than adults because we as adults are somewhat removed from their real-life experiences.”
The group of ambassadors is composed of one student from each of the four district high schools. It convened in January.
The students share information at board meetings about school life and student issues. They do not vote on district business.
The first group of ambassadors last year included students Jack Anderson, Hannah Darbro, Peyton Washington and Brooke Poston.