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How to control return of playground equipment?

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by stefanie_hadley09, Jun 7, 2017.

  1. stefanie_hadley09

    stefanie_hadley09 New commenter

    We have recently purchased some games and equipment for students to use outside on sunny lunchtimes and we are trying to figure out how best to store it so that we can ensure that students return it. We were thinking of some kind of system whereby a student pays a deposit or gives in their phone or something in return for the key for the locker containing their chosen piece of equipment, however this would require a member of staff to be available through lunchtime to handle this.

    Is there anything we could do that would not require staff?

    Would be great if there was a coin-operated locker that you needed money to unlock, instead of just to lock like regular ones..!
  2. ryanpkenny

    ryanpkenny New commenter

    Im not sure how you could do this without staff input

    If you did go down the coin operated route this may have an impact on the students that can't afford to pay to use the equipment or have money on them to put it into the machine.

    You may be able to get tokens and then they swap out the tokens for an item rather than real money. It would still need staff to hand out the tokens but it maybe easier than random items
  3. Skeoch

    Skeoch Lead commenter

    If you need staff input in the end, and you have a lot of things to check in and out, consider adding them to the school's library software - after all, one major job of the software is to check things in and out! I heard an anecdote of one school which used library software for locker keys and saved the cost of the software by getting better return rates for the keys!

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