OK man, before I respond with fairness and equality I must inject this information which comes to you live from my deep subconscious (and you can take this with as much good or ill will as you want, it makes no difference to me):
GET THE FUCK OUT OF CALIFORNIA
Now, where were we?
So you work at a private school that mandates laptop usage for all students. That's fine. I think the ideal solution is to ban all personal laptops and strictly enforce school-issued laptops. It could hypothetically teach personal responsibility and accountability, and it also sounds like it could save you the headaches associated with having to service multiple brands, unique plugs, etc. Unfortunately, that is not going to happen (due to both student and parental bitching, I suppose). So in that case, I think you SHOULD take at least a FEW points off for not having the right equipment at the right time, especially when the students refuse school-offered devices in favor of their own.
Again, I think some case-by-case examinations should be applied before blindly deducting points from a student's grade. Although it is important to teach the importance of being prepared, they are not being graded solely on their ability to be prepared. They are being graded on their coursework understanding, and forgetting to bring a charger or adapter should only chip a few points off of an otherwise awesome academic performance.
Question: What does the School Handbook currently say about always bringing all required technological devices and accessories? Are there currently any negative reinforcements to not complying with the mandate? I guess not, since you posted here. But there should be!! Next question: Who writes the Student Handbook?
I also think your Assistant Principal lady needs to wake up and smell the reality of proper budgeting, even if it IS a private school. You guys are obviously trying to pinch pennies at the school, and she's not helping by trying to fudge the numbers on her beloved Apple products. You need to find a polite way of telling her to GTFO your business and allow you to shape the school's IT Program, Mandatory Laptops Program, and Device Loaning Program in a way that will not only save the school money, but also tackle the problems associated with students bringing their own stuff to class. Here are a few suggestions I can think of that might help you get into her head and change her mind.
1. Budget, budget, budget. Look up the exact same stuff she is looking up in reference to Apple products, try to predict where she can fudge the numbers (such as not including the cost of Apple Care, etc) and then make a really small PPT slideshow explaining how she is wrong to think that it is a good idea. Try to establish the school's budget. Try to come up with alternatives to Apple.
2. She is an Applefag. Try to understand why she loves Apple products so much that she is willing to compromise the school's budget. Remind her that she is favoring Apple too much for the private school's public image (or something like that, I guess I'm leaning on the "advertising" bent, like the "Pepsi machine contracts in public schools" controversy). Remind her that she is the only one in the school who thinks Apple products are cool.
3. Go around her. Is there anybody above her who might agree with you on points 1 and 2? Does she have any friends who might be able to convince her or order her to change her mind?
4. Play it smooth. Always use logic in your discussions and/or debates, and never lose your patience or raise your tone. If you present a mentally measured position, it just might succeed in front of the head honchos. Oh and by the way, you are the Subject Matter Expert on IT, and that is power.
I honestly am not too practiced at this targeted meddling, but I hope all this helps.
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