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FAQ's

Why do students need Chromebooks?

We are preparing students for tomorrow’s workforce. They are learning skills that will help them get higher paying jobs when they graduate. Additionally, the students are becoming organized and are able to better keep up with their school work. Also, students have most of their textbooks online. Students are able to access resources online that they wouldn’t be able to have if there were no devices.

Why do I have to pay a coverage fee?

There is an annual coverage fee that must be paid before a student can pick up his or her Chromebook. This fee covers 1) accidental damage (including drops, cracked screens, liquid spills), 2) fire/flood, 3) vandalism (police report required), 4) theft (police report required), 5) liquid submersion, 6) power surges due to lightning, 7) natural disasters, and 8) mechanical failure.

How much does it cost?

The annual coverage cost is $20 for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors and $15 for seniors.

Is there a payment plan?

We do not offer a payment plan.

How can I pay for the coverage?

  • We prefer that you may pay online (go to tisd.org, Families Tab, Online Resources, Credit Card Payments) by credit or debit card. Your online payments will send a receipt to the high school. You don't need to print a receipt to send with your student to school.
  • Send cash, check, or money order to school with your student. Students may come to the TechSpot before school only to pay.  
  • Students may enter a ticket at https://techspot.happyfox.com (they must be logged into their school Gcloud account) and someone will come pick up the payment from the student and issue a receipt.  
 

What if I can’t afford the fee?

We do not have scholarships this year, but you can visit with your student’s principal about your situation. Call the high school  at 254-215-7000 to make an appointment with the appropriate assistant principal. Principals are assigned by alphabet:

  • Mr. Korompai: A-D.
  • Mr. Collins: E-Ke
  • Mr. Haugeberg: Ki-Re
  • Mrs. Caffey: Rh-Z

 

When will my student get his/her Chromebook?

Students may pay for their Chromebooks before or after school at the TechSpot.  After the payment is received, the Chromebook will be set up and the student will be notified when it is ready for pickup at the TechSpot. 
 
Can my student keep their Chromebook over the summer (current THS students only)?
If you pay your next year's coverage fee before the middle of May , your student can keep his/her Chromebook over the summer.
 
Will my child need his/her Chromebook for summer school?
Yes.  In addition, you will need to pay for next year's usage fee prior to the start of summer school.