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Care of MacBooks at School & Home


MacBooks should not go home until parents have attended a two to three hour meeting with the school to understand their role and responsibilities, and have signed appropriate policies that the school and district have adopted. Both the student and parent should sign the permission form. Computer laptop procedures and rules for home use should include clearly defined provisions for recharging and caring for the machines, and expectations for appropriate use at home. Without these rules and procedures, students should not take MacBooks off school property.


A basic overview of safe handling is below, along with cleaning information. For a more detailed description of what's on the MacBook and some basic how-to's, please click here to download a pdf version of the MacBook Care & Handling Guide.



General Handling and Care for Parents and Students to know:

  • Mishandling of your MacBook could result in your losing it!
  • The MacBook is fun to use, but it is not a toy! Remember that it is a computer and must be handled with care.
  • The MacBooks belong to the Maine Department of Education. They are on loan to you to use as a tool for learning.
  • The Brenthaven Sleeve should be used when transporting the MacBook. The sleeve may be used inside your backpack as well as carried independently. Normal precautions should be taken at all times. Even in the sleeve, you should never place a lot of weight.
    • To properly put the MacBook in the sleeve, please ensure the screen (top of the machine) is facing the BACK of the sleeve and that the ports are facing up.
  • Protect the computer from the weather.
  • Protect it from heat or cold. Don't leave your computer in a car overnight, near a heat source, etc.
  • Do not eat or drink near where you are using the computer.
    • Computers should not be used in cafeterias, at dinner tables, etc while food/drink are present.
  • Close the computer carefully – from the center of the screen – do not slam it shut!
  • Use the MacBook on a flat stable surface …….. if it falls it may break! Do not use the laptop in your lap. The laptop should be on a flat smooth surface in order to maintain air flow around the bottom case. Placing the laptop on a pillow or on your bed will cause the MacBook to overheat.
  • Do not insert things into openings (ports) of the MacBook.
  • Be patient. Sometimes computers require time to do their job.
  • If/when you take the MacBook home for assignments, be sure it is recharged for the next school day. Never charge the MacBook while it is in the Brenthaven Sleeve. The MacBook should be in a ventilated space while charging.
  • For your own health, when using the computer, it should be kept at least 18 inches from your eyes and the screen should be at a lower level than your eyes.
  • Only use standard size CDs and/or DVD discs with the optical drive. Never insert non-standard sized optical media into the drive because the media will get stuck inside the drive.
  • You MAY NOT mark the computer in any way with markers, stickers etc.


  • Wipe the surfaces lightly with a clean soft cloth.
  • Do not use water or other cleaning solutions on the MacBook.
  • To keep the screen clean, do not touch it with your fingers.


  • When charging cable needs to be connected, be sure to line it up correctly when inserting and removing.
  • If the battery is not charging, do not wiggle the power cord. Try removing it and fully reinserting it. t
  • Be careful not to jerk the MacBook around when cables are attached.
  • Never charge the MacBook while it is in the Brenthaven Sleeve. The MacBook should be in a ventilated space while charging.










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