AppleCare is pretty great but expensive and doesn’t cover everything in most cases. At our school we came up with a plan to speed up repairs and have a little more control over breaks.
Due to the recent iOS 7 update, now would be a good time to take another look at the native restriction settings available on every iPad. These restrictions can be used in conjunction with Meraki, but Meraki's settings take precedence. At our school, we try to inform parents about the options they have in restricting their children's iPads. We encourage them to utilize these native settings to increase the control over the iPads beyond the school's default settings.