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BYOx Endorsed by Laidley High P&C

23/10/2015

​Year 8 to 12 students will be
required to have a computer in class every day in 2016.  Teachers of these year levels will be planning and delivering the curriculum with the expectation that students will be able to access the internet, school network and other digital resources in class and at home.

Year 7 students are not required to have a personal computer at school as the school has 65 new laptops located in the Year 7 classrooms.

In developing the BYOx implementation model, the school and working party have carefully considered ways to provide flexibility for individual students and support those families that are experiencing financial difficulties.  It is critical that students, parents and guardians are well informed on the details of the school BYOx program.  For this reason the school is conducting three Parent Information sessions in coming weeks to explain the key elements of the BYOx scheme and answer any questions that may arise.  The school will also publish a comprehensive guide to the BYOx program including the different options and costs for families to participate and the minimum specifications required.
 
It is important that parents understand that for the vast majority of students a low specification laptop is all that is required as it will be used to access the internet and use the Microsoft suite of products.  These laptops can be purchased for as low as $350.  Some senior students studying subjects like Graphics and Film, TV and New Media will benefit from having a higher specification laptop due to the programs that are being used, however the school will also continue to provide classroom based computers for this purpose.
 
The school will assist parents to purchase new laptops by adding buyer portals from some large retail vendors on our school website.  We are currently negotiating with these vendors to attend our parent information sessions to display available laptops and provide advice and assistance to parents wanting to purchase new laptops.
 
Parents are strongly encouraged to attend one of the following Parent Information Sessions at school in the Clarice Ferrari Hall.  Retail vendors will be available 30 minutes prior to the start of the session and after the session to assist parents with any enquiries about the laptops, other devices and services they will have for sale through their vendor portals.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Thursday 29th October
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm on Wednesday 4th November
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Tuesday 10th November
 
If you have any questions in relation to the BYOx program, please attend one of the information sessions above, contact the school on 5466 8922 or email your question to byox@laidleyshs.eq.edu.au.