School administrators have a lot to juggle on a day-today basis – from balancing budgets and developing curriculum to managing crisis situations and handling emergencies. Academy School District 20 in Colorado Springs, Colo. started outfitting its administrative staff with cell phones more than 10 years ago to ensure continuous lines of communication. The district has since migrated to smartphone technology, most recently the HTC EVO 4G. With all of that juggling going on, mobile devices can be susceptible to drops and dings, so Academy protects its smartphones with OtterBox®.
The district currently has more than 300 phones deployed, 80 percent of which are smartphones, according to Chief Information Officer Shelley Kooser. The smartphones allow for not only traditional communication, but also access to email and student information systems such as education management tool Infinite Campus.
“Each year we increase the number of smartphones we deploy due to the efficiencies school administrators gain,” Kooser explained.
Smartphones have proven to be powerful multi-tasking tools, but a broken device can cost more than money. In addition to the dollar amount associated with repairing or replacing a broken phone, users also find themselves disconnected for anywhere from a few hours to a few days. For Academy administrators, there is no time for downtime. They are using the OtterBox Commuter Series®for the HTC EVO 4G to guard against the inevitable drop and dings.
“OtterBox provides two levels of shock protection and when using a phone on a daily basis they do drop on the floor,” Kooser said. “Smartphones are expensive and we felt it was like an insurance policy for our smartphone investment.”
Kooser added that everyone likes that the case is protective, yet also compact. OtterBox Commuter Series cases include a base layer of shock-absorbing silicone, which is topped by a sleek polycarbonate shell. All Commuter Series cases also include a self-adhering screen protector.
“As we continue to deploy smartphones, we want to provide the best possible protection to our phones,” Kooser said. “OtterBox provides our end users confidence that their most important mobile computing device is protected.”