My kid is starting 6th grade and the school requires him to get a laptop and bring it to school. Now the school IT department wants to install some software on the laptop and is asking for administrative access. They want to install Office, Outlook, an AV and some site certificates.
I feel that on principle this is not right, as it's not the school's device, so school staff shouldn't have access. Additionally, I don't have any sense of how good the school's security practices are. What if they inadvertently install malware? However, if I refuse then I risk being "that parent" and I'm setting myself up for a few years of headaches as any time the school wants to add new software, I'll have to do it myself.
What would you do?
Update Wow, this certainly blew up! Thanks to everyone for reading and commenting.
We ended up letting the school have access, for a couple reasons:
The clock was ticking and our child was the only one whose laptop wasn't set up, so he wasn't able to fully participate in lessons and was missing out on emails sent to the students.
I'm traveling and am not at home, so remotely installing the software myself would add another layer of complexity and require someone at home to prep the laptop for remote admin, while adding more delay to the device being ready.
It came down to what's best for the child and at the moment it seemed to us parents that it was letting the school have its way. I can check the device myself later and if there is anything that compromises the device's security or the child's privacy, then I have a better argument against the school's approach. In the meantime I'm letting them know that they could have communicated more about their plans and given us time to have a conversation about it rather than springing it on us at the last minute (though from their point-of-view this worked out just fine).