Red Oak ISD to distribute 1-to-1 devices

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RED OAK — Red Oak ISD has committed to bringing a state-of-the-art education and has financially invested in technology to provide 1-to-1 devices for all learners.

In the summer of 2020, the ROISD School Board approved the purchase of approximately 2,000 Chromebooks and other devices to allow every student to have a device both for classroom learning and for at-home instruction, during the pandemic and beyond.

Red Oak Middle School staff receive their delivery of electronic devices for students.

After many delays, the devices finally arrived, and the district will begin distribution this week.

Red Oak High School receives their devices through delivery.

According to a news release, every 6th- through 12th-grade ROISD student "will have the option to be assigned a ROISD device (Chromebook or Windows laptop) to take home and back to school every day for instructional purposes." Every Pre-K through 5th-grade ROISD student "will have a device (Chromebook or iPad) available within the classroom. All current virtual learners who requested a device have been issued one previously in the year," the release states.

“Providing devices to all students is no longer a luxury, but a necessity,” stated Superintendent Brenda Sanford. “Our board is to be thanked for seeing the value for our students and making the necessary decisions to provide these devices. Our students will benefit from the latest technology at their fingertips to conduct research, complete assignments, and further their educational dreams.”

Parents have received notifications to accept the terms of usage outlined in the Student Device Responsibility Usage Guidelines and the Technology Acceptable Use Policy in the Student Handbook. They can complete the request for a device through an online form in their Skyward account.

With completed paperwork, students will be issued a device over the coming weeks through the campus Learning Commons by the Technology Department.

“We are grateful to the administration for bringing this recommendation to the board,” stated Board President John Anderson. “Every student should have the tools necessary to pursue their academic goals. Technology is a major driver in education today, and providing a device to every student is a major move in the right direction for Red Oak ISD.”