May 26, 2020
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – Kanawha County Schools is implementing a drive-thru Touchless Trade-in™ for district-issued iPads being used at home by students in grades 5-12.
The school district says the program is the first of its kind in the country and lets the students return their district-issued devices in exchange for new devices, while ensuring proper social distancing protocols and eliminating the need for school personnel to handle the used devices.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the district planned to refresh these devices at the end of the school year. Second Life Mac, a national sellback partner, is buying the used devices from Kanawha County Schools and devised Touchless Trade-in™ in response to COVID-19 concerns, according to the school district.
The school district has scheduled three drive-thru events at the following locations for the trade-in:
Kanawha County students will receive a unique QR code that identifies the student and their device. When they drive up on the day of the trade-in, they will show the QR code which will be scanned by someone wearing personal protective equipment. The student’s name will be checked off a master list and the student will place the old device in a box before picking up a new one, the school district says.
Kanawha County Schools says when the box of used devices is full, a Second Life Mac representative will seal it and send it back to the company’s warehouse, where they will sanitize all devices, remove the data and refurbish and resell the devices.
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