MEDFORD, Ore. -- It's the first day of school for students in the Medford School District.
This is when school will be starting for students on Monday. Elementary school students need to be in class by 7:55 a.m. Middle schools start at 8:40 a.m. and high schools start at 8:55 a.m.
The district is launching a new program for ninth graders this year. Those freshman will be getting their very own Google Chromebook from the Medford School District. The district has already purchased about 1,000 of these laptops.
Students will be able to use the laptop throughout all of high school. The Medford School District started talking about this plan last year. Teachers said this program gives more students access to technology.
"It's the language that our kids speak," said Tisha Richmond, the Medford School District integration specialist. "I think as a school, we need to speak that language as well. I have found in my own teaching experience that technology allows our students to not only be engaged, but immersed in learning."
The district will start handing out these Google Chromebooks to freshman on Tuesday. It will take about two weeks for all of the laptops to be handed out.
These laptops will also be given to students who are enrolled in Medford's Online Program. It's in Central High school and there are two types of online programs. One is a fully virtual model. Another is a hybrid model, where students will come to class two days a week.
About 20 students are enrolled in this online program right now. Teachers said this program is important because everyone learns differently.
"It's just the way human beings are," said Jennifer Jones, the Medford Online Program Coordinator. "We're trying to create one more opportunity within our system where we can leverage this tool of technology to really connect with kids and build these personalized opportunities for them."
The program is open to students from grades 6 to 12. For more information about Medford Online click here.
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