US Technology Requirement

Dear Upper School Parents,

Welcome to the Holton-Arms Upper School Community!! I am writing with important information regarding technology integration at Holton-Arms. Our mission is to prepare our students for the highest level of academic and intellectual development. Students use technology every day to access information, communicate, and to create and compose. With this in mind, we ask that each student in grades 9-12 bring a laptop of their choice to school each day.

By requiring each student to bring a laptop to school for daily use, we are seeking to increase equitable access to digital resources. It is important that students be able to move seamlessly between school and home, using a device that they know and for which they are responsible. This practice will further their learning both in and out of the classroom.

We recognize that many students entering Upper School may already own a laptop or have access to a family laptop. Assuming the laptop meets our specifications, there should be no need to purchase a new one. We do recognize that purchasing a laptop is a significant cost to our parents, and we have given careful consideration to all of these factors when implementing this BYOD initiative. On behalf of the entire technology team, we look forward to working with all of you in the coming year.

Should you have any questions about technology at Holton-Arms, please feel free to contact us.

Sincerely,

Mike Robertson
Director of Libraries and Information Services
301-365-6492


Upper School BYOD – FAQ’s

Do Upper School students need to purchase a new laptop?

We ask that each student in grades 9-12 bring a laptop to school each day, subject to the specifications below. If you already own a laptop that meets the required specifications, there is no need to purchase a new one. If you are purchasing a new computer, we recommend the guidelines under “recommended specs.”

*MS Office**

A free copy of Microsoft Office can be provided to your daughter if needed. If your daughter would like to take advantage of this offer, please contact the Technology Department during orientation.

I don’t know what to buy - help?

If you don’t want to shop and you just want a computer that has the correct specs, we’ve put together some bundles through DSR Computer for both Apple and Lenovo PC’s. Please continue reading.

Who is DSR Computer?

DSR is an authorized reseller of computer technology equipment for Toshiba, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Acer, Dell, Apple, Fujitsu and Sony among many others. They are also an authorized service provider (warranty/non-warranty repairs) for the listed computer manufacturers.

**PLEASE NOTE** - DSR has no affiliation with Holton-Arms. They are a vendor that has serviced us and a lot of our peer schools for many years. If you purchase from them, you are not “buying through the school” – you are simply purchasing from a vendor we know and trust. All sales through DSR are final and subject to their return policies.

Do I have to buy from DSR Computer?

You do not have to purchase from DSR Computer. Purchasing from DSR is merely a convenience extended to those who do not want to shop on their own. How to buy from DSR Computer? Please click the following link to place your order online: http://info.dsr-inc.com/holtonarms2020 For questions or phone orders : Primary Contact: Donnie Orndorff 800-875-0037 If Donnie is not available when you call, please press 0 to be connected with someone else at DSR who can help.

When should I buy from DSR Computer?

To ensure you receive your computer by the time school starts, please complete and pay for your order through DSR no later than Friday, July 03, 2020. I bought a computer from DSR, how do I get it? Under normal circumstances, DSR would deliver your computer to Holton where you would pick it up during pre-season week. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, DSR will be shipping computers directly to your home OR you may pick your order up at their location in Hanover, MD. **A flat rate $20 shipping fee will apply**

Is there anything else we need to know?

**While this shouldn’t dictate your decision, many of our students will choose to purchase an Apple MacBook.**

Warranty Differences – Applecare vs Lenovo ADP Lenovo ADP

What’s Typically Covered: Accidental drops, spills, bumps, and structural failures incurred under normal operating conditions or handling, including electrical surge and damage to the integrated LC screen.

AppleCare for MacBook http://www.apple.com/legal/sales-support/applecare/appmacnaen.html

What is NOT Covered : Damage caused by (a) a product that is not the Covered Equipment (b) accident, abuse, misuse, liquid contact, fire, earthquake or other external cause, (c) operating the Covered Equipment outside the permitted or intended uses described by the manufacturer, or (d) service (including upgrades and expansions) performed by anyone who is not a representative of Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider