Greenville County Public Schools District. Photo credit: greenvillejournal.com
Almost 4,000 laptops worth $1.2 million stolen in a U.S. School District
The school district authorities plan to report to the police to stand the chance of having the insurance claim honoured.
The Public School District’s efforts to recover the laptops since June have proved abortive.
Almost 4,000 laptops have been reported missing in Greenville County Schools – a South Carolina (SC) school district and the school authorities have said that they would be left with no choice than to report the matter to the police.
According to U.S. News, Tim Waller, the spokesman of the Greenville County’s Public School District said that the school has been trying on its own to recover the Chromebooks, valued at almost $1.2 million since June but all to no avail.
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He further lamented that the recovery efforts turned up another 800 missing devices and families reported that an extra 208 were lost or stolen.
Mr. Waller disclosed to The Post and Courier that the schools would report whatever information is necessary to recover their computer devices.
The spokesman of the Greenville County Schools said that reporting the machines as lost or stolen to the police would be the only way the school district’s insurance claim would be honoured when submitted, with almost 4,000 laptops still unaccounted for.
Tim Waller said that there have been several efforts to recover the missing Chromebooks since the end of the last school year.
The spokesman of the Greenville County Schools moreover revealed that the parents and guardians of schoolchildren who failed to give their laptops back at the end of the school year have been contacted five or six times by phone, email, and even with visits to their homes.
The use of laptops for online learning has in the past four or five months increased globally due to schools closure caused by COVID-19 pandemic