NHS Voluntary Laptop Purchase Program

Dear Natick High School families, 

We will once again be offering families the opportunity to purchase a new laptop computer for 2016 – 2017 school year. Since our district plan is already providing the freshman and sophomore classes with either a new or updated MacBook Air computer next school year, this year’s voluntary purchase opportunity is only being offered to next year’s junior and senior classes. 

Details of the voluntary purchase program: 

Students Keep Laptops Year Round: No need to collect them over the summer.

No Annual Fee: No additional fee for usage.

New MacBook Air:Models identified below bundled with an always on protective case and may change subject to availability.

Technical Support & Repair Work: Is still available in school or at the Apple Store. All laptops come with a 1 year manufacturer warranty. All warranty repairs are done at no charge by our on-site certified technicians.

GPS Tracking of Laptop:  Families will be provided instructions to implement Apple ICloud to protect against theft or aide with locating a lost device. This is free and instructions available on our website.

Software Included: OSX, Apple iWork Suite (Keynote, Pages and Numbers), iLife Suite (iPhoto, iMovie, Garage Band) and Google Apps for Education. Other optional software used in school may be added here

Full Administrative Rights: This will be provided to students and/or parents to manage laptops and install software independent of the software provided by NPS. The Natick Public Schools Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) remains in force at all times.

Parental Controls: Parents can implement “Parental Controls” to place restrictions on laptop use as they see fit.

For Families who wish to take advantage of the purchase plan:
 

Option 1: 11” MacAir with 4GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, 1 year manufacturer warranty:

11” MacAir MJVM2LL/A $779.00
Always-On Protective Case $ 39.95
MA Sales Tax (6.25%) $ 51.18
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Total Price $870.13

Option 2: New Apple Promotion - 13” MacAir with 8GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, 1 year manufacturer warranty:

13” MacAir MMGH2LL/A $849.00
Always-On Protective Case $ 39.95
MA Sales Tax (6.2 $ 55.56
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Total Price $944.51

All items are sold together as a bundle. No substitutions are allowed.
Payment requested in full.

 

For Families Wishing to Take Advantage of the Purchase Plan:

  • Parents may either send back the signed Voluntary Laptop Purchase Program Agreement Form along with payment or complete the process electronically by going to the following website and follow the links for the online store: www.myschoolbucks.com.

  • Please be aware that MySchoolBucks does charge a 3.75% fee for each credit card transaction and accepts Visa, Master Card and Discover. They also offer ACH payments directly from your bank account at cost of $1.35 per transaction.

  • Since this is an optional program to purchase, the school district is unable to offer financial assistance to purchase a laptop. However, we will continue to provide and support laptops for students for whom the purchase program is not a viable option. The same rules and expectations of the current program would remain in effect, including returning the laptop to NHS each summer for routine maintenance.

  • We will be in regular communication after families have had an opportunity to respond to this new voluntary purchase program. The timing for delivery of the laptops ordered through the voluntary purchase plan will be determined based upon the volume of interest. 

For Families Who Choose not to Purchase a Device:

  • For those students receiving a school issued laptop, your annual laptop fee of $75 is due by Monday May 16, 2016. Please remember there is a $175 family cap. You may pay the annual laptop fee electronically at the MySchoolBucks website or return the signed Annual Laptop Fee Form with your payment.

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The Deadline for all Payments

– Voluntary Purchase Plan or Annual Laptop Fee -

 is Monday, May 16, 2016. 

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Sincerely,

Peter Sanchioni, Superintendent
Brian Harrigan, Principal
Dennis Roche, Director of Technology
 

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