Hempfield Area School District to charge students insurance on borrowed computers

HEMPFIELD, Pa. — After the Hempfield Area School District paid out $107,000 to repair student-issued computers last year, officials are now making families pay for a damage insurance policy before those machines can be sent home, as reported by our partners at TribLive.com.

According to a letter posted to the district’s website, computers will only be available to students in grades three through 12. Families will have to purchase the annual nonrefundable insurance policy for each student. The cost is $25 for one student, $40 for two students and $60 for three or more. The letter said this fee “helps to cover unintentional and non-negligent damage that may occur.”

Students could be charged additional costs for any damage found to computers that is considered intentional or negligent.