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iPads approved for Junior High

Last year the Friona ISD technology department began a long-range plan to get iPad minis into the hands of all students. The 2015-16 school year was the program’s test year. Each 8th grader had an iPad that they took home with them every night. The iPads have improved productivity in the classroom, teacher/student relationships, and student initiative.

On April 7, 2016 the Friona ISD School Board approved the 1:1 program to move forward. Next year every student in grades 6-9 will have an iPad mini device.

The Friona ISD Technology Department will hold two parent meetings: an English speaking meeting on Monday, May 2 at the Jr. High auditorium, and a Spanish speaking meeting on Tuesday, May 3 at the Jr. High auditorium. Parents of this year’s 5th, 6th, and 7th graders are required to attend; parents of this year’s 8th graders are highly encouraged to attend and fill out paperwork, but will not be required to do so.

Each student is required to pay an insurance fee of $60 in order to be allowed to take the device home. Students that opt out of the $60 fee will receive a device, but it will stay on campus at all times. These payments cannot be accepted until the iPad checkouts. The dates scheduled for checkout are August 2 and 4, they will be from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friona ISD Technology department thanks the community of Friona for their support during this time.