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Satanica

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LEWISVILLE, N.C. (WXII/CNN) - Officials in a North Carolina school district are recalling approximately 20,000 Chromebooks after one of the laptops overheated and began smoldering inside a third grade classroom.

A student at Lewisville Elementary School was using a laptop Wednesday morning when it began to smolder. The student yelled “fire,” and the teacher immediately evacuated the classroom.

A staff member used a fire extinguisher and suppressant on the laptop before firefighters arrived.

Another staff member pulled the fire alarm, and the rest of the school was evacuated.
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Officials say they are continuing to investigate why the laptop overheated, but it appears the problem may have originated in the battery. The laptop was not being charged at the time of the incident.

Leaders with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools are recalling 20,000 Chromebooks of the 2015 model, the same as the laptop that caught fire. The laptops will be broken down and sold for parts.

The school district plans to examine newer model Chromebooks before Monday to determine if those can still be used. They may also reevaluate when new mobile devices are purchased, which is currently every five years.
 

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tmdgirl

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This is the same laptop our school board uses...same guidelines too, they get replaced every 5 years (unless it breaks or is damaged). I think the schools get a good deal on these when they buy in bulk, so it makes it more economical over other options.
 

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Totemic

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Chromebooks have an expiration date, when they will no longer be patched. That date is 6 years from the first time that the CPU was used in a Chromebook device.

So schools having the policy of replacing these in a 5 yr cycle is the correct way to do this. The nice thing about Chromebooks are they are decent devices for low specs and low cost.

CTL is making strides on some decent rugged Chromebooks in packs of 30 with a charging station cart for $8000
 

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