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How to Care for your School Chromebook

Please take care of your Chromebook. Students are responsible for the general care of the Chromebook they have been issued by the school. Students with Chromebooks that are broken or do not work properly must contact their schools teacher/administrator and RAM Tech Support at tech@reachingallminds.com.

Student will return the device at end of school year.

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General Precautions

  • Chromebooks should not be placed on soft surfaces or laps during use due to potential overheating.

  • No food or drink should be next to Chromebooks.

  • Cords, cables, and removable storage devices (e.g. thumb drives) must be inserted carefully into the appropriate port on the Chromebooks.

  • Chromebooks should not be used or stored near pets.

  • Chromebooks should not be used with the power cord plugged in when the cord may be a tripping hazard.

  • Heavy objects should never be placed on top of Chromebooks.

  • Chromebooks should never be loaned to another student or individual during the school day or otherwise.

Carrying Chromebooks

  • Always transport Chromebooks with care and using the Chromebook case/cover, if provided.

  • Students should hold the Chromebooks (cover closed) with two hands if they need to carry the Chromebook.

  • Never lift a Chromebook by the screen.

  • Never carry a Chromebook with the screen open.

Opening and Closing Chromebook

  • Open and close the Chromebook only when it is resting on a flat surface such as a table or desk.

  • Do not attempt to force open the screen beyond its angle, as the screen will break if forced.

  • Before closing the screen, make sure there is nothing on the keyboard to prevent the full closure of the device.

  • Obstacles on the keyboard could cause broken screens or damaged hinges.

  • Close the screen gently using two hands–one at either corner of the screen.

Screen Care

The Chromebook screen can be damaged if subjected to heavy objects, rough treatment, some cleaning solvents, and other liquids. The screens are particularly sensitive to damage from excessive pressure.

  • Do not put pressure on the top of a Chromebook when it is closed.

  • Make sure there is nothing on the keyboard before closing the lid (e.g. pens, pencils, or disks).

  • If necessary, follow cleaning instructions on the next page.

Logging Into Chromebooks

Important Note: The Chromebook you are receiving has been cleaned and disinfected prior to you receiving it. It will be cleaned and disinfected again, once it is returned to RAM Academy.

This information is geared towards the prevention of COVID-19. While it is in possession of the student, the student should follow routine habits to prevent COVID-19.

The cleaning techniques described below can be used to generally clean and disinfect devices, like shared Chromebooks at the end of a school year or during flu season. The same process can also be used for any external peripherals like a keyboard, mouse and your smartphone. 

Harsh cleaning supplies like bleach should NEVER be used on your electronics since they can also damage the screen and other parts of your Chromebook. Also, avoid any abrasive cleaning brushes or cleaning pads that might scratch the surfaces of your Chromebook.

NEVER spray any cleaning solution directly onto your Chromebook or any electronics for that matter. You should always apply the cleaning solution to a microfiber cloth and then apply it to the device to avoid any liquid getting into the device and causing damage.

5 Steps to Clean and Disinfect a Chromebook

Procedure

  • Step 1 – Completely power down your Chromebook or unplug the power cord if you are cleaning a Chromebook.

  • Step 2 – Disconnect any cables or peripherals that are plugged into your Chromebook. This will allow you to access and clean every part of the device.

  • Step 3 – Use compressed air to remove larger pieces of dirt or dust that might be in your keyboard and ports. When using compressed air, only give it a few short bursts and never turn the can upside-down.

  • Step 4 – Use the disinfectant wipe or apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol solution to the cleaning cloth and completely wipe down the entire Chromebook, including the screen and around each key of the keyboard. Use a small amount of pressure to remove any fingerprints or smudges on the screen, but not too much since this could damage the display.

  • Step 5 – Allow all surfaces to dry on their own. Disinfectants must be allowed to act on the surface to be effective, wait 15 minutes.

Contact

If you have any questions please contact RAM Tech or the front office.  Thank you

919-596-1899