Muskogee students getting laptops

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Updated: 12/12/2013 7:17 pm Published: 12/12/2013 4:50 pm

Muskogee High School students are putting down their paper and pens and picking up laptops.

In August, FOX23 first told you about Muskogee Public School's new textbooks to laptops program.

All seventh- through 12th-graders at Muskogee Public Schools will use the laptops.

In a classroom filled with boxes that are filled with laptops, 2,600 students will come with their parents to pick up their new laptops.

"The responsibility of bringing them back and forth to school, the responsibility of keeping up with them in sports and stuff, like, that's more of a concern for me," said Valerie Hughes, a parent.

When students aren't using their laptops, like in gym class, they'll take them and put them in a cabinet where they'll be locked up until that class is done.

"I'm looking at responsibility right here," said Hughes, not just for her two sons, who are both picking up their laptops, but also for her.

FOX23 learned parents have to sign contracts accepting responsibility.

"With an initiative like this of course this is a lot of responsibility for a family and parents to take on," said the school IT director, Eric Wells.

"I'm just praying that I've taught them they can be more responsible and just play it by ear, I don't know, I really don't know right now," said Hughes.

Classrooms won't change overnight but Wells said soon all students will have to learn the new way: from a computer screen.

If a student breaks the laptop accidently the school will fix it but if it is intentional Wells said kids can either pay for the repairs or do community service.

Now deciding if it is intentional damage or not that we’ve learned is up to a district committee to make that decision.

“We understand that it is difficult sometimes to tell accidental damage from intentional damage yes it is possible for someone to accidently run over their laptop,” said Wells.

FOX23 found out it doesn’t matter what internet these computers are connected to because wells says no one can access social media or inappropriate websites because of a content filter.

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