Lawrence school board to begin review of rules for iPad rollout

Before the Lawrence school district issues every middle school student an iPad next school year, district officials will be establishing rules for their use.

At its meeting Monday, the Lawrence school board will begin its review of responsible use guidelines for the iPad rollout, as well as revisions to the district’s existing acceptable technology use policy.

In March, the school board approved an agreement to purchase 5,000 iPads for the district, about half of which will go toward establishing a 1-to-1 device ratio at the middle school level. Each iPad will have a rubber case with screen protector, and students will be able to take them home during the school year. The remainder of the devices will be issued to Lawrence teachers and staff.

On Monday, the board will review the district’s rules regarding technology use, and consider potential changes. The board’s policy advisory committee will review suggested revisions, and submit the final recommendations for amendment or adoption at the July 25 board meeting.

Once the revisions are complete, the district will distribute the guidelines and policy changes to parents and students when the devices are issued. David Cunningham, director of human resources and legal services for the district, will present the information to the board.

In other business, the board will:

• Vote to elect a board president and vice president for the upcoming school year.

• Review a report updating the board on the 2016 regular and special legislative sessions, highlighting the impact to the district’s budget planning for 2016-2017 fiscal year.

• Review a report on the district’s Bicycle Lesson and Safety Training (BLAST).

The school board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the district offices, 110 McDonald Drive.