A group of upset parents are circulating a petition in the Bridgeport School District about the school’s iPad policy.
The petition states students in grades 7-12 have needed to use iPads over the past several years to access many of their course materials.
The petition claims parents had the option to buy an iPad from the school for $500.
However, according to the petition, students will no longer be permitted to use those iPads and will only be allowed to district issued iPads, which must be returned to the school at he end of the year.
School Superintendent Zac Shutler said that while the school is starting a new iPad program, there are several improvements over the old plan.
“I do understand that if you just purchased an iPad in the last year or so that you may be upset because that iPad can no longer brought into the school,but, your child is also getting another iPad that is going to be fully monitored by the school.It’s going to have our filters on it. It’s going to be an iPad that you don’t really have to worry about quite as much because the school is going to be charged with keeping that up to date,” said Shutler.
Shutler said that under the old system it was difficult to service and update all of the different models of iPads that were being used.