Insurance not an easy sell for laptop computers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Fewer than a quarter of the parents of children in the Sioux Falls school district who have received laptop computers have bought insurance, though officials say a change in the policy might prompt more to sign up.

The insurance policy is $40 per year and covers all accidental damage to the Chromebook devices. The policy initially required the parent to pay the first $75 each time a repair is needed.

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports ( that the policy was changed last week to make the parent pickup up only 50 percent of the each repair up to $75, with the rest covered by the insurance plan.

The district has handed out about 10,000 Chromebooks to high schools, middle schools and some elementary schools so far this year.


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