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Parent Letter

Dear Mercy Parents,

We are eagerly anticipating the rollout of our 1:1 Program for Grades 9-12 beginning in the fall of 2016. We thank you for your support in helping us make this happen for your daughter. We believe that the Microsoft Surface Pro is the most effective and user-friendly device to support our instructional program, and we will begin distribution of this device in the Summer of 2016. surf2 title DSK.jpg

The Microsoft Surface Pro:

  • Engages our students in critical thinking, collaboration and communication.

  • Provides critical technology skills over a unified platform.

  • Supports college readiness skills.


In  addition, Mercy will be equipping each laptop with the tools for creating a safe and productive learning environment for both the classroom and at home,including web and app blocking software.


You  have a choice of two options to obtain a Microsoft Surface Pro for your daughter.

Option 1 is to become a part of OLM Surface Pro Lease Program. The cost of this lease program is $260/year or $26/month as part of the 10 month payment plan (The $385 technology fee listed on your enrollment contract includes the $260 leasing fee plus the $125 technology fee), with an additional option to buy out the remainder of the lease when your daughter graduates. Each Surface Pro, under the OLM leasing and warranty program, will be covered for the duration of their enrollment at Mercy.  We will supply each device with Windows 10 Enterprise, Management software, Anti-Theft software, and Microsoft Office Pro Plus. We have gone to extensive lengths to ensure the value of this lease, which includes every requirement that our students will need at a minimal additional cost to you.

Option 2 is to make your own private purchase of a Microsoft Surface Pro from a supplier of your choosing. If purchased independently, you will also have to secure your laptop with your own warranty arrangement with Microsoft in case of damage. In so doing, you need to understand that for the duration of your daughter’s enrollment,  the Surface Pro you purchase independently will still be treated as if it were a part of OLM’s technology inventory. You will be required to turn the device over to Mercy to be prepared for use with the 1:1 program. This prep involves completely erasing and reloading the Surface with programs compliant with Mercy’s 1:1 program.  Doing this will allow Mercy to provide the best possible control over your daughter’s 1:1 experience both in the classroom and at home. Upon graduation or transfer, the purchased laptop will be reset to a near out-of-box state and returned to you for future use.

Deadline for Decision on either  Option 1 or Option 2: Please let us know us know by April 29th, 2016 of your decision to either join in the OLM Surface Pro Lease Program or to purchase the device yourself.

Option 2: Purchase Intent Form: http://goo.gl/forms/eJMkxDZG0y

If we do not receive your electronic form indicating your choice by April 29th, we will enroll your daughter(s) into Option 1: Leasing through OLM.


1:1 Options


Option 1

Option 2



Lease through Mercy


Individual assumes responsibility to purchase independently from private vendor



Cost


$260/year

(or $26/month over the 10 month payment plan)

*Already included in the Technology Fee listed on the 2016-2017 Enrollment Contract



Purchase price depends on chosen model and vendor at the time of purchase.


Device


Provided by OLM:

Surface Pro 3 i5 128GB

Pro 3 Stylus Pen

Pro 4 Type Cover Keyboard


Any Surface Pro 3 or 4 of your choosing.

Requirements: 128GB or larger storage

Stylus

Keyboard Cover {purchased separately}



Warranty


Insured by Mercy for 1 full replacement of the device at no cost.



Insurance/warranty to be determined by owner.



OLM Tech Provided


Windows 10 Enterprise

Management software (Web Blocking, etc.)

Anti-Theft software

Office Pro Plus

Connection to Mercy Domain

Misc. other education software and links


Windows 10 Enterprise

Management software (Web Blocking, etc.)

Anti-Theft software

Office Pro Plus

Connection to Mercy Domain

Misc. other education software and links



Graduation or Transfer


Leased laptop is returned to OLM



Laptop is wiped clear of OLM information, reloaded to include:

  • Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise

  • Microsoft Office Pro Plus

Returned to owner




*Additional

   Option*


Purchase out the remainder of lease with OLM.

The laptop is then wiped clear of OLM information and re-imaged to include:

  • Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise

  • Microsoft Office Pro Plus

Becomes the student’s personal property