LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV )- By the end of February, 4th and 5th grade students at four Little Rock elementary schools will have their own laptops to bring home.
Administrators answered questions from parents Thursday night at Gibbs Elementary, and most of the concerns dealt with the fallout from computers which are damaged, lost, or stolen. "It's not that they're not responsible but at the same time you just don't want to have to open the risk of having to pay for repairs," said V.P. Parker. "Allowing these laptops to come home is a big risk because then you have to pay the repair fee."
Parents will be responsible for replacing the $400 laptops if their student damages it beyond repair at home. At school, the equipment is covered under the district's insurance policy.
So, despite the program's goal of helping students who don't have computers at home, many parents at Thursday's meeting expressed concern over letting their kids leave school with a laptop. "He is a ten year old and there is a chance that it can get lost or damaged," added Lisa Emmert. "I also didn't know, although I should have expected, that we would be responsible for the $400 if he loses or breaks it."