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Buying a Chromebook

You can purchase any brand of Chromebook from any store or online site. Check out our Chromebook Buying Guide for advice from the LCUSD Tech Team to find the best Chromebook for your student. Chromebooks suffer a lot of bumps at school: we recommend purchasing a zero-deductible insurance policy from our partners at CPS. You can also purchase insurance on an older device, too!) The cost is reasonable and covers all types of damage, both accidental and mechanical.

What if you'd like to try out a Chromebook in-person (while supporting a local business and saving some time and fuel)?  
  • If the price you see for an in-store Chromebook is more than what you see on, the store will match the online advertised price.
  • If your desired model is out of stock, you can purchase in-store and our local LCF Target will ship the Chromebook to your home for free.
  • LCF Target will match Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy prices for products sold through their respective sites (not 3rd-party vendors that sell through those sites). 
2. You may choose to shop elsewhere, but please follow these recommendations on basic specifications:
  • 4GB or 8GB of RAM (You'll see many with 2GB, we HIGHLY recommend 4GB. Our team has tested both and the 2gb models can become sluggish with multiple tabs open. 8GB is newer to the market and also an option). 
  • 16, 32, or 64 GB hard drive (Your choice here, again not at critical as the RAM. 16 is really enough)
  • 11", 13", or 14" screen (This is a preference, but all of the district Chromebooks are 11". Check the weight on the ones you are considering. The district Chromebooks are under or near 3 pounds. 11" devices are perfect for younger students with smaller hands.)
Requesting an equity device:
If you will experience a financial hardship or choose not to participate, please complete this equity device request form to help us gauge need.  We'll schedule times for pick up once we begin receiving requests.
Your child is responsible for the care of this device. If it sustains damage, spills, or drops, you will be asked to pay for the repair or full replacement cost ($300). We recommend purchasing a zero-deductible insurance policy from our partners at CPS.
In order for this program to be financially feasible, we need to hit a 75% participation rate. In our first year, 88% of families in 5th and 7th grade sent a Chromebook to school with their students. In the second year of the program, 91% of families participated. We will evaluate each year to make sure the program is successful. 
Next Steps:
Once you have the device, you will need to enroll it in the LCUSD Google Apps for Education Device Management system. We've created a few videos to help you with this process:
Enroll Your Chromebook.
1. Turn on the Chrome device and follow the onscreen instructions until you see the sign on screen. Don't sign in yet.
2. Before signing in to the Chrome device, press Ctrl+Alt+E to go to the enrollment screen.
3. Enter your email address and password.
4. Click Enroll device. You'll receive a confirmation message that the device has been successfully enrolled.
If you have logged into your Chromebook with any account prior to enrolling it, you will need to wipe the device before you can enroll it. Follow the steps below. 
Wipe Your Chromebook
1. Press Esc + Refresh + Power. A yellow exclamation point (!) is displayed.
2. Press Ctrl + D to begin dev mode, then Enter. A red exclamation point is displayed.
3. Press Ctrl + D. The Chromebook deletes its local data, returning to its initial state. This takes approximately from 5-15 minutes.
4. When the transition completes, press the spacebar, then press Enter to return to verified mode.
5. Enroll the Chromebook before signing in to it.